Medical colleges open merit sytem | Dr Auj's murder

Open merit system wrapped up in medical colleges
Karachi, Oct 14: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has wrapped up open merit system for admissions in medical colleges.

According to a notification issued here on Friday, male and female students will be given fifty percent seats each. However, the decision will not be applicable for the admissions this year.

After the implementation of the new system, the female students would not be able to get more than 50 percents seats.

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HEC decides to merge pre-medical and pre-engineering groups
Karachi: The Sindh chapter of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to merge courses of pre-medical and pre-engineering groups.

From now on there will be just one 'inter science' group, comprising both mathematics and biology courses, but the students will still be able to opt between the two.

The decision was announced on Friday by the Sindh HEC chairman Dr Asim Hussain after a high-level meeting.According to the proposal, though the medical and engineering groups have been merged, students will will still be able to choose their subjects. He said the heads of boards of intermediate and secondary education have been asked to prepare the necessary strategies and recommendations in this regard.

Talking about other matters on the agenda, Hussain said the mandate of Sindh Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (SIBCC) was also discussed at the meeting.

He said the HEC planned to get SIBCC up and functioning from October this year under a computerised system.

The function of the board would be to verify local educational documents at secondary, higher secondary, intermediate levels, besides technical education, and issue equivalence certificates so they maybe recognised by international educational systems.

He said participants of the meeting also discussed the intermediate curriculum in detail and asked for recommendations for any change.

It was presided over by Dr Hussain and attended by SIBCC chairman, representatives of Sindh Board of Technical Education, Sindh Textbook Board (STBB), chairmen of educational boards in the province and the director Sindh Bureau of Curriculum and Extension Wing, Jamshoro.

Speaking at the meeting, the first chairman of SIBCC, Anwar Zai, said a temporary office of the committee will be set up at the Sindh HEC's office in Clifton.

Students will also be available to get their educational documents verified by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), also led by him. He said all educational boards of the province are also members of central IBCC and will share their inputs on education affairs whenever required.

Before the SIBCC can become financially strong, every educational board including, the Sindh Text Book Board, would have to pay Rs50,000 to the committee while the provincial government will be requested to provide Rs20 million as seed money.

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Three KU teachers questioned over Dr Auj's murder
Karachi: Two serving teachers of the University of Karachi and a former dean of its faculty of Islamic studies were questioned by police on Friday following the registration of Dr Shakil Auj's murder case with the Aziz Bhatti police station under the PPC and anti-terrorism laws.

Dr Auj, the dean of KU's faculty of Islamic studies, was gunned down on Thursday morning on the NIPA flyover.

Dr Abdur Rasheed, a former dean of the KU faculty of Islamic studies, Dr Naseer and Dr Sami-uz-Zaman were summoned by the SSP East Pir Muhammad Shah at his office.

DIG East Munir Ahmed Shaikh said that the three teachers were "thoroughly questioned" by the SSP East and SP Gulshan-e-Iqbal Abid Qaimkhani to ascertain their involvement in the crime. A fourth teacher would also be called for questioning.

Dr Auj had filed an FIR against Dr Abdur Rasheed, Dr Naseer, Dr Sami-uz-Zaman and Dr Ubaid in 2012 after receiving death threats. These teachers opposed Dr Auj's views and scholarly opinions.

Following the killing of Dr Auj, the Karachi police chief had formed a six-member team with DIG East Munir Ahmed Shaikh as its head and SSP East Pir Muhammad Shah, SP Gulshan Abid Qaimkhani, SSP SIU Farooq Awan, CID In-charge Raja Umer Khattab and SSP Investigation Abdul Hameed Khosa as its other members.

The city's police chief had also recommended that the Sindh government should announce a reward of Rs2 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.

The Aziz Bhatti police registered FIR No 478/14 on the complaint of Dr Auj's brother, Dr Ahsan, under sections 302, 324/34 of the PPC and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act against unidentified persons.

The DIG East said the team investigating the case had spent the entire Friday gathering evidence.

He added that the team members would meet on Friday night to share their findings and reach a conclusion.

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The DIG said the killers were probably following Dr Auj's chauffeur-driven car from the university and they attacked on the NIPA flyover where they were sure that no CCTV cameras were installed.

"It is the work of extremely professional assassins. The attacker with the gun only fired two shots, one of which hit Dr Auj on the back of his head. They fled after making sure that the shot was enough to kill their target," he noted.

"Normally, target killers fire three or four bullets in the head and chest of their target to make sure he won't survive. But in this case, the killers were trained enough to fire only two gunshots at a moving car while riding a motorcycle and still hit their target."

The official said investigators had found empty shells of 9mm pistol at the crime scene. He added that there was no CCTV camera footage of the crime or of the route used by Dr Auj. "But we are using all modern facilities and techniques available at our disposal to solve the case."

The DIG said Dr Auj hardly left the university campus and the killers knew that he would be attending a ceremony at the Iranian cultural centre. The news

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