LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that government has abolished self-finance scheme in medical colleges so that admission and educational facilities could be provided only to intelligent and deserving students.
He was talking to senior journalists of print and electronic media at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Wednesday. The Chief Minister said that provision of healthcare, education and a peaceful atmosphere was the prime responsibility of a govt and the present leadership has tried to fulfil this obligation by devising an effective plan for upholding merit in admission and education in professional colleges.
He said that professional institutions were destroyed by introducing self-finance scheme in violation of merit. He said that rejecting an eligible candidate simply on the basis of his poor credential, giving preference to an undeserving person with money was a grave social injustice. He said that the government would refrain from adopting a lavish style. He said that the setting up of coalition governments at the centre and the provincial level was a unique event in national history which had been necessitated by the result of the mandate of the people against dictatorship in the general elections of Feb 18.
Shahbaz said that there was a consensus of opinion between PPP and PML-N regarding reinstatement of judges. He said that there was complete harmony between Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed against dictatorship at the time of imposition of emergency and suspension of judges on November 03, 2007 and both the leaders had also contacted each other on the day of Shahadat of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and had decided to hold a meeting so that a joint strategy could be adopted against rigging in elections.
The Chief Minister further said that instructions have been issued to the administration to depute only people-friendly officers on the field duty for maintaining peace and law and order on the occasion of long march so that no tension or unpleasant incident should occur.
The Chief Minister said that PML-N workers have also been reminded again and again to remain peaceful and extend all out cooperation to administration. He said that PML-workers would hold a peaceful protest and would not indulge in violence or agitation.
moot on mental health
Punjab University Centre for Clinical Psychology (PUCCP) will organise a 2-day International Conference on ‘Impact of Global Violence on Mental Health, a Challenge for Mental Health Professionals’ from June 27 – 28.
The inaugural ceremony will be held on June 27 at 9:30 am at Dr Pervaiz Hassan Environmental Law Centre’s auditorium while the closing ceremony will be held at Al-Hamrah Hall No 2 on June 28.
The delegates from UK, USA, Canada, India and Malaysia besides all over Pakistan, including teachers, students and Mental Health Professionals will attend the conference. A panel discussion of professionals from related fields will discuss the said issue from the perspective of each profession including clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, police, sociology, law, religion, representatives from electronic and print media and various NGO’s will also be arranged during the conference.
Source: The Nation, 12/6/2008