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Challenging entrance test for medical admissions

Entrance Test: High court seeks reply from federal govt
Lahore, Aug 20: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday sought a reply from the federal government on several petitions challenging the entrance test for admission to medical colleges in MBBS and BDS classes. Earlier, the Punjab government in its written reply stated that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had issued a policy and rules for the entrance test throughout Pakistan. And the provincial government was implementing the rules in letter and spirit.

As per PMDC criteria, students who passed FSc (pre medical) exam and obtained 60 per cent marks were eligible to appear in the test.

PMDC counsel Dr Abdul Basit said the Punjab government overlooked council's rules and held the test before announcement of FSc result. He said the result of the test should be stayed because it would not provide an equal opportunity to all students across the country.

He said under the rules set by the Punjab government, students who would get 60 or 65 per cent marks, would not be eligible to take the test.

The petitioners, through Muhammad Azhar Siddique, Mian Abdul Qaddus and Mian Qamaruz Zaman advocates, requested the court to decide the case as early as possible because future of a large number of students was at stake.

The bench consisting of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan directed a deputy attorney-general to ensure submission of reply from the federal government by Aug 26.

The petitioners had pleaded that holding entrance test in such a manner was a violation of fundamental rights as envisaged by the Constitution and also a violation of the mandatory instructions issued by the PMDC.

They said all other provinces were having eligibility criteria of 60 per cent marks in F.Sc. and 50 per cent in the Entrance Test.

But, the University of Health Sciences and the chairman admission board for medical/dental institutions of Punjab, without any approval from the PMDC, adopted a 60 per cent marks eligibility criteria in 2009.

They prayed that the respondents be directed to act in accordance with the law and follow criteria for holding entrance test as laid down by the PMDC. Dawn

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Colleges raise fees amid high merit
Lahore: The last date for the submission of admission forms in the government colleges for admission in First Year classes has been over and the first merit list was displayed at a number of colleges on Thursday (today).

The enrolment will begin from Friday (today) in the morning classes. The second merit list will be displayed on August 25. This year the merit is higher than the previous year and thousands of students may not be able to get admission in the morning classes despite opening of new colleges and the up-gradation of high schools into the higher secondary schools to conduct intermediate classes.

The merit in Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical remains the highest despite the acceptance of job oriented commerce and IT education. The last year merit of FSc, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical was above 882 and 875 respectively in GCU, FC College 800 and 772 despite the inflated fee at both these institutions as compared to the government colleges.

The Lahore College for Women University will display the first merit list on Friday (today) and second on August 25. The LCWU merit in FSc Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical respectively is 974 and 950 marks, ICS (Physics) 861, ICS (Economics) 861, General Science 840, I.Com 830, Home Economics 784, and Arts 769.

The last year merit at Government Islamia College Civil Lines was 728 and 667 respectively in the FSc, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical while 693 and 648 at Government Science College Wahdat Road, 650 and 700 at Government College Township, 600 and 550 at Government Islamia College Railway Road, 602 and 550 at Government Model Degree College and 530 and 475 at Government Dyal Singh College which has sharply rise in 2010.

The high merit can be judged from the first merit list 2010 at Government MAO College, which was 750 and 660 in Pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical respectively while 700 in I.Com, 660 in ICS 600 in General Science and 550 in Arts.

The merit in General Science and Inter Computer Science (ICS Physics) was 736 in GCU, 685 in FC College, 627 in Government Islamia College Civil Lines, 562 in Government Science College Wahdat Road, 600 in Government College Township, 400 in Government Islamia College Railway Road and 450 in Government Dyal Singh College.

ICS (Stat) 600 at FC College, 627 at Government Islamia College Civil Lines, 562 at Government Science College, 600 at Government College Township, 400 at Government Islamia College Railway Road and 400 at Government Model Degree College.

Even the merit in Arts was 720 at GCU, 470 at Islamia College, 402 at Science College 635 in I.Com at Government Science College, Wahdat Road and 550 at Government Dyal Singh College.

The merit in the second shift was comparatively lower. Thousands of students will be admitted in the second shift where the tuition fee is higher than the morning shift.

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PU bank account for donations
Lahore: The Punjab University, following its traditions to help the Pakistani citizens in their hour of need, has opened an account No 2502-46 "Punjab University Emergency Relief Fund" at Habib Bank PU New Campus Branch for the welfare of people badly affected by recent floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh and Punjab provinces.

The varsity teachers, students and employees have been requested to deposit their donations in the account. The nation

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GCUF head's order set aside
Faisalabad: The Lahore High Court has set aside the order of the vice-chancellor, Government College University, Faisalabad, and allowed the registrar to resume his duty with immediate effect.

Registrar Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmed was removed by GCUF acting vice-chancellor Shahid Mehboob on Aug 6 on the grounds that he had completed his three-year job period at the university. Dawn

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