Mind your oath, gov tells docs

Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana has urged doctors to keep in their mind oath while considering the option of going for protest as it could take precious human lives. Speaking at eighth convocation of King Edward Medical University on Thursday, he said the ailing humanity has rights on healthcare providers. “Medical is a sacred profession. The nation has spent money on education of doctors. Parents and teachers have contributed on their education. As such others have rights on degrees of doctors. They should act responsibly and avoid going on protest for own perks and privileges as such action could take precious lives”, the Governor said while speaking as chief guest. Degrees were awarded to 288 graduates and 22 postgraduates. Medals were also awarded to 13 students for showing exemplary results in different disciplines. Minister Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh Salman Rafiq also attended the convocation.–Staff Reporter

Teachers protest against government

Teachers have registered their protest against the government for, what they called, depriving the educationists of their rights. Wearing black armbands, teachers took their classes and staged a walk to registered their protest, according to a Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association press release. They also adopted a resolution opposing the government’s notification about leave application conditions. They called upon the education authorities to take notice of ‘bureaucratic steps’ Also teachers’ unions have objected to the government plan to appoint vice chancellors in public sector universities, saying that under new policy, the public sector educationists would be ignored. In a joint press statement, Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association, Punjab University Teachers Front (PUTF) and PU Academic Staff Association raised their concerns at the new policy and threatened to resist it.–Staff Reporter

Cancer symposium today

The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is organising its 15th International Cancer Symposium at Pearl Continental today (Friday). This year the theme of the three-day symposium is “bringing progress to patient”, which will focus on how to incorporate new advances in oncology into current practice. According to the hospital administration, more than 100 guest speakers and 2,500 delegates from wide range of disciplines will participate in the event. There will be representation from many countries around the world, providing the delegates with information on the latest developments in the field of research, diagnosis and treatment. This year scientific sessions will focus on lung, breast, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, head and neck, hematological, neurological, and pediatric malignancies. In addition, there will be session on pathology, basic research, nuclear medicine and nursing.–Press Release

Workshop in paediatric oncology, nursing and pathology will also be part of this year’s programme. The programme gives special consideration to promote and encourage local research by allocating additional session for free papers and poster presentations. The Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium is committed to advancing science, disseminating knowledge & improving the practice of oncology. The program will encompass oncological research and target all aspects of oncology from prevention, diagnosis and treatment to palliation.–Press Release

Press Club holds book fair

The Lahore Press Club is organising a three-day book fair, which will start on Friday. Several prominent publishers have set up their stalls. Special assistants to Punjab Chief Minister Rana M Arshad and Dr Muazul Hassan will the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.–APP