Sindh MDCAT Retake Paper ‘Leaked’ Again: Report

The National Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) retake exam of Sindh has once again been hit by a controversy.

According to Ary News, the MDCAT retake exam was leaked on social media hours before the test began. However, as per the provincial caretaker health minister, Dr. Saad Khalid, reports about the paper leak are not accurate.

Furthermore, some candidates also reported problems with the test’s online portal. One of the students stated that despite getting confirmation of passing the test, she has been marked failed on the portal.

It should be recalled that the provincial government had decided to retake the exam after an investigation team confirmed that the previous paper had been leaked.

Provincial authorities had also announced strict action against everyone involved in the paper leak. Now, following reports of another paper leak, it remains to be seen if another inquiry is ordered into the matter or not.

Source: Pro Pakistani

HEC launches 3rd phase of Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Programme for Afghan Nationals

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched 3rd phase of Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships Programme for Afghan Nationals.

This was announced by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi while addressing the graduation ceremony for 281 Afghan students in Islamabad.

In the third phase, 4500 scholarships will be offered to Afghan students over a period of three years to study in top-ranked Pakistani universities.

Source: Radio Pakistan

University Teachers From All Over Pakistan Announce Protest Against HEC

Teachers from all over Pakistan, including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, will hold a demonstration in front of the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) office in Islamabad tomorrow.

The protest is being organized by the All Public Universities BPS Teachers Association (APUBTA) against the delay in the issuance of a notification regarding the approval of their service structure and promotion policy.

Dr Manzoor Ahmad, media secretary of APUBTA, the sit-in will be held for an indefinite time. He added that local teachers of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will host teachers from other cities as well as arrangements have also been made in various hostels and hotels.

In a press release, the association said that their “sole demand is the issuance of notification regarding approval of service structure/promotion policy for all BPS teachers.” The press release added that the “protest and sit-in is being organized against the discriminatory and exploitative policies of the HEC.”

According to the basic pay scale (BPS) teachers, the absence of service structure due to HEC’s “criminal negligence” has denied their fundamental right to promotion. They added that despite the fact that HEC had to prepare the criteria for the promotion under section 10(q) of the HEC ordinance 2002, no progress has been made even after two decades.

“It has created serious issues related to promotion and seniority for over 50,000 BPS faculty members of public sector universities.”

APUBTA has already held several protests across the country in the last three years as it struggles to address the promotion-related problems of the varsity teachers. The BPS teachers have claimed that the HEC have made several written commitments to resolve their issues but to no avail.

An HEC official told a national daily that a committee of vice-chancellors had recently forwarded their recommendations to the universities for implementation. He added that HEC will “look into the genuine demand of university teachers, but there is no fault on our part.”

Source: Pro Pakistani

Sindh Introduces Digital Marketing Diploma in Government Colleges

In a groundbreaking decision, the Sindh government has decided to start offering a diploma in digital marketing in the government colleges of the province.

According to details, the diploma will be launched in the 30 public sector colleges, including five in Karachi, four in Hyderabad, six in Mirpurkhas, four in Larkana, four in Sukkur, and five in Shaheed Benazirabad.

The provincial government had formed a five-member committee to determine the structure as well as assess the technical aspects and formulate the mechanism.

Earlier, the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission gave approval to the digital marketing module.

Secretary Colleges Sadaf Shaikh shared the details about the diploma with a local daily. According to Shaikh, initially, it would be a one-year diploma.

He added that students will be taught digital marketing in a two-hour-long class every day. Although, the diploma has been introduced for Computer Science students students from other departments are also welcome.

The Secretary Colleges hoped that the digital marketing course would open various employment opportunities for students when they get admission in universities.

On the other hand, the College Education Department launched an online system for selecting college principals. According to College Education Department Deputy Secretary, Rashid Ahmed Khoso, the initiative will revolutionize the process of selecting principals of government colleges in Sindh.

Source: Pro Pakistani