KARACHI: Commissioner of the Metropolis Iftikhar Shallwani has told since public libraries were in very bad shape the newly formed Council of Public Libraries was endeavoring to ameliorate the state of affairs.
He was addressing a Presser held here by the School Libraries Association (SLA) at the Karachi Press Club to mark World Book & Copyright Day. Commissioner Shallwani appreciated the work being carried out by SLA for enhancing the awareness about the importance of libraries in schools.
While pointing out that in most of the public libraries books were just piled-up in heaps, the Commissioner said that only civil society could improve the condition. Director SLA Nooruddin Merchant and Dr. Khwaja Mustafa (Executive Director – SLA) also spoke on the occasion.
Conspicuous among others there was Dr. Farhat Hussain (President Pakistan Library Association), Dr. Raees Ahmed Samdani (renowned writer) Director Minhaj University (Lahore).
A peaceful procession followed the Press Conference with participants pressing for their demands by means of placards apropos provision of libraries in public sector schools and appointment of librarians.
Shafqat Mehmood urges opposition parties to stop playing non-issues
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood Tuesday urged the Opposition parties to play its constructive role in government’s strive to move the country forward and avoid playing up non-issues.
IN an interview, minister urged politicians to sit with government and find a solution for the current political crisis that is seriously damaging the country’s economy and business.
He said despite different kinds of challenges, the incumbent government was trying to bring the country on the way of development.
“PTI government accord top priority to the welfare of the poor, the honor and security of the motherland,” he said.
Reacting to the opposition leader’s, he said both Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif looted the country on the name of democracy.
Minister said the whole nation was paying the price of their wrongdoings as they badly damaged the country’s economy and plunged the nation into the quagmire of debts, he said.
SC issues notice in Pvt. Med. colleges case
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Monday issued a notice to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) over a matter of private medical colleges and sought details of private medical colleges their affiliated hospitals and a total number of house job officers.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and comprised on Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, heard the case regarding stipend of House Officers Graduate of Private Medical Colleges.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Azmat Saeed said private medical colleges are exploiting students. It is mandatory for each medical college to have its 500-bed hospital where doctors can perform their house job duties, he added.
He said a medical college and its degree is not recognized without a hospital. He said private medical colleges are demanding house job training fee from the doctors instead of giving them a stipend.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said during house job, doctors get a stipend. Private medical colleges charged Rs0.9 million annually from the students but they do not provide house job to their students. The court issued a notice to PM&DC and adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.
KU approves 52 scholarships
KARACHI: As many as 52 young scholars will receive funds under the Karachi University (KU) Students Scholarship-2019 program.
KU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi had given the approval for disbursement of the award of money among the Ph.D. and MPhil students, said a statement on Monday. According to details, 36 students of MPhil and 16 Ph.D. students were recommended for the scholarship program.
Out of a total of 134 applications, 82 applications were not selected as their synopses were not approved and/or they were the recipient of other scholarships. The students enrolled in MPhil would collect Rs. 8,000 for 12 months while students enrolled in the Ph.D. program would get Rs. 10,000 for 24 months.
The award money would be disbursed for initially four months that are from January till April 2019 whereas the rest of the installments would be credited to the recipient’s account subject to receiving satisfactory remarks from the supervisor. Initially, 52 young scholars would get Rs. 17,92,000 for the said period.
In this regard, the initial meeting of the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee was held on April 22 in the Council Room, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science, KU, and total of 134 applications were received by the varsity and after scrutiny and due process, the names of selected candidates were finalized last week.