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MPhil candidates resent postponement of interviews

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MPhil candidates resent postponement of interviews
« on: February 26, 2010, 05:51:36 PM »
MPhil candidates resent postponement of interviews
Peshawar: The candidates who had applied for MPhil course in basic sciences at the Khyber Medical College Thursday resented the postponement of the interviews by the NWFP Health Department and termed it trespassing into the affairs of an autonomous institution.

Requesting anonymity, they said that in December 2008 the college announced launch of MPhil courses in different subjects of basic medical sciences including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine, Microbiology, Histopathology, Hematology and Chemical Pathology.

They said the test for MPhil admissions was conducted on September 21, 2009. The result was announced the same day and approved by the academic council of the college. The interviews for selection of the candidates in four subjects of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Forensic Medicine were taken on February 22 and 24, 2010, respectively. "When we came for interview on Thursday we were told that the process had been postponed on the order of the college principal," said one of the candidates.

"When we approached the postgraduate medical studies director he said the decision was taken by the college principal and he didn't know anything about it," said one of the candidates.

The aspirants alleged that the decision was taken to force the college administration to accommodate a failed candidate, stated to be a relative of a senior official in provincial health department who had already been denied admission by the graduate committee.

The sources privy to a meeting of Academic Council of the college said that the college administration expressed concern over the meddling by the provincial health department in the affairs of an autonomous body.

"The Peshawar High Court in its July 2009 decision mentioned that autonomous health institutions are independent bodies and the NWFP health department has nothing to do with its affairs," said a professor of the college.

When contacted, KMC Principal Dr Professor Nargis Parveen said that the delay was due to the complaints received by the administration from the candidates and the government about the process.

"We have postponed the interview process and will conduct an inquiry," she stressed and added that the decision was taken after consulting the provincial health department. Rejecting the allegation that the process was stopped to accommodate any specific person, she said the some elements wanted to tarnish the image of the college. The news