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Punjab medical, dental colleges entrance test 2012

Punjab medical, dental colleges entrance test on September 23
Lahore, Aug 27: University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof IA Naveed has said the entrance test for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of the Punjab will be held on September 23 in 12 cities of the province including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Hassan Abdal.

He was addressing an orientation seminar on medical colleges' admission test at Allama Iqbal Medical College on Saturday. About 3,000 students and their parents attended the seminar. AIMC Principal Prof. Mahmood Shaukat was also present.

Prof. Naveed said there would be a single question paper, consisting of 220 objective-type questions, divided into four sections namely: Physics (44 questions), Chemistry (58 questions), English (30 questions) and Biology (88 questions). The duration of the test will be 150 minutes. The test will start at 09:00am on the scheduled date.

UHS VC further said that after the test, candidates would be asked to answer an aptitude and feedback test for which extra 30 minutes would be given. He clarified that this aptitude test would have no weight in the entrance test score and would be used for research purposes and further improve the system.

Prof. Naveed said that candidates who secured at least 60 percent marks in FSc (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examination were eligible to apply for the entrance test. Those awaiting result should provide a Hope Certificate issued by the Principal of their respective institutions clearly stating that the candidate was expected to secure at least 60 percent marks in his/her FSc or equivalent examination, he said, adding that students, having domicile of any district of the Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, would be eligible to take the test.

He informed the media that entrance test kits would be available at UHS and other public sector medical and dental colleges of the province from August 31. Last date for submission of application will be September 09. Prof. Naveed said that candidates would be allowed to choose the city from where they wished to appear in the test. However, centre once allotted would not be changed subsequently, he added.

Prof. Naveed advised candidates to reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test, as centre would be closed at 08:15am and after that nobody would be allowed to enter the examination hall.

Candidates have been further advised not to forget wearing their admittance cards because nobody will be allowed to enter the venue and examination centre without a valid admittance card issued by the university.

"The candidate will answer the test by filling circles on the response form. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for the single question will be considered as wrong answer", Prof. Naveed explained.

He also warned that there would be a negative marking in the test. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted from the total score. Each correct answer will carry 05 marks.

Prof. Naveed advised candidates not to bring any calculator, cell-phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. "Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ballpoints with them but no any markers or pencils", he added.

UHS VC further said that UHS would continue with the "Self Scoring System" introduced by university. The university will upload the answer keys of the question paper on its website as soon as possible after the test. The candidates will be able to calculate their scores with the help of carbonised copy of their response form which they will retain after the test, he stated, adding that the answer keys would also be published in the national dailies next day.

According to regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the merit of a candidate will be worked out by adding the marks of matriculation, intermediate and entrance test in the ratio of 10:40:50 respectively, he concluded. The news

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Punjab youth sports festival kicks off
Lahore: The Punjab Youth Sports Festival 2012 began throughout the province on Sunday with special dengue awareness campaign on the sideline.

In Lahore, competitions in athletics, badminton, billiard, tape ball cricket, arms wrestling, tug-of-war and volleyball started at 9am and by noon the events were concluded except from some of the union councils and towns where the last day's rain left the fields and ground unplayable. Events in these localities were postponed for the next day.

At Union Councils 31 and 32, Baja Line A beat their B team 2-1 in volleyball while Baray Mian Dars Reds defeated their Whites team 2-1 in tug-of-war.

In arms wrestling, five bouts were held and the winners were Shahzad Mahmood, Ijaz Nawaz, Suraj Mukhtar, Akash Sohail and Imran Zeeshan. They beat Khalid Youhana, Zamran Hameed, Atif John, Najad Akram and Shahbaz Rafiq, respectively.

At the Government Science College, Wahadat Road, a total of 112 players participated in different events while 54 players from Union Council 110 and 58 from Union Council 111 locked their horns for top honour.

Some 55,200 Sports and Youth Development Councils at neighbourhood and village level are participating in the festival being arranged with the aim to revive sports culture and healthy activities.

In connection with special dengue awareness campaign, a walk was held at the UC 1 and 2 and a seminar at UC 41 before the start of the festival events. Dawn

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HED gets commerce education's control from Tevta
Lahore: Over the years, commerce education has remained a profitable business for the private sector involved in the field. This is not just because of ever growing demand of commerce education but also because of the lack of public educational institutions offering the commerce stream. However today, the situation is a bit different as many public colleges also offer commerce education at intermediate, graduation and postgraduate levels. Recently, the Punjab government shifted the entire component of commerce education from the Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) to the Higher Education Department.

Thus, almost a total of 118 institutes and colleges previously running under the administrative control of Tevta across Punjab offering commerce education from two-year Diploma in Commerce to BCom and MCom programmes would be a part of the Higher Education Department, the controlling body of public colleges of the province.

According to experts, over the years, Tevta institutes had failed to attract maximum number of students at Intermediate level as commerce education was offered as diploma programme (C.Com & D.Com) unlike traditional certificate programme (I.Com). They believe that the private sector was taking advantage of this situation as unlike C.Com and D.Com programmes, more students were getting enrolled in I.Com programme. They say there is very little difference between content being taught at diploma (C.Com, D.Com) and certificate (I.Com) hence there is need to remove this discrepancy and introduce I.Com which is more acceptable and in demand by students.

It is pertinent to mention here that at present, examination boards across the province conduct the examination for I.Com while the exams of C.Com and D.Com are conducted by the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE). Another interesting aspect involving the exam is related to pass percentage which is 33 percent for I.Com while for C.Com and D.Com it is 40 percent. The experts also believe that there is need to introduce uniformity in this regard as well because results affect the overall performance of a particular institute.

The academic circles also suggest that the government should form a committee comprising experts of the field in a bid to introduce necessary reforms. The news

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