Medical colleges entry tests report by UHS
'Backward' Punjab excels in medical entry tests
Lahore, July 13: A report compiled by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) experts on
students having passed entry test last year has revealed that average entry test
marks obtained by the students from Southern Punjab were much higher than those
belonging to Northern and Central Punjab.
Surprisingly, no private academies
are working in the Southern Punjab, also known for poor education and health
facilities as compared to Central and Northern Punjab. But the latter part of
the province is hub of private academies that lures thousands of students for
the preparation of entry tests and guarantee admission in medical colleges
provided the students follow their magical formula.
According to the
analytical report, 176 medical students hailing from Southern Punjab had passed
entry test exams last year. Among them 41 were those who had joined private
academies and obtained 948.02 average marks while the remaining 135 students got
979.24 average marks in the test.
Similarly, 202 students hailing from
Central Punjab had passed the entry tests out of which 133 students had joined
academies and obtained 958.69 average marks as compared to 973.42 marks obtained
by the 69 students who never consulted any academy for the preparation of entry
While the average marks of 58 students belonging to Northern Punjab
who had passed the entry test were 945.15 as compared to 962.6 average marks
obtained by 18 students without getting help from private academies.
aforementioned data shows that preparation of entry tests through academies is
no guarantee of getting admission in medical colleges. They lure students with
tall claims of having magical formulas that would ensure their place in top
medical institutes. The academies are playing with the future of students and
their families under the very nose of the Punjab health department. Sources
informed that following the announcement of holding entry tests in September
this year by the UHS, the private academies' business again started as they had
planned to charge exorbitant fees from the students during their stay in the
academy for five to eight weeks.
Many tuition centres in the City have started classes for the entry tests. They
will accumulate a handsome amount as no less than 4,000 students are expected to
sit in the entry test exams. Such institutes present a festive looks displaying
colourful banners to attract the students. They also publish pamphlets and other
advertisements offering attractive packages to the students and claim to have
entry test guidelines and qualified and trained professors.
"Join our entry
test academy greatly helpful in making your future bright. Do not waste your
time. We can give you important tips for solving entry test papers", this is the
claim of one of the academies situated in the posh area of Gulberg.
academy situated in Iqbal Town claims "Many Entry test softwares are available
in our academy that can help you greatly to solve the MCQs in a limited time.
The CDs contains information about pattern of entry tests of approximately all
reputed universities". The Nation
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'B.Com papers being wrongly marked'
Lahore: A principal of an academy, addressing a press conference, has
alleged that papers of B.Com subjects like Income Tax and Sales Tax Laws were
being marked against the laws of income tax and sales tax.
At the Lahore
Press Club on Saturday, principal Ijaz Ali said the paper checkers were marking
the numerical section of the papers solely on mathematical rules, claiming it
was a mockery of income tax and sales tax laws. He also claimed that the matter
was brought to the notice of the Punjab University (PU) administration but to no
He also claimed that there were mistakes in books recommended by
the university owing to which the students did not understand basic concepts.
When contacted, PU controller of examination Prof Zahid Karim Khan
expressed ignorance about the issue, saying he would look into the matter.
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KEMU allowed to train doctors
Lahore: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has recognized Cardiology Department and
Forensic Medicine Department, King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, for
postgraduate training of young doctors in Mayo Hospital/KEMU. The notification
has been issued in this regard. According to a press release issued here on
Saturday, previously the young doctors of Mayo Hospital/KEMU had to go to Punjab
Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for their training.
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PU Computer lab
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has inaugurated the newly constructed computer
lab and seminar hall at the Department of Economics. According to a press
statement, addressing the ceremony, the VC said the computer lab would be
provided with internet facility soon. He urged the young lecturers of the
department to get enrolled for PhD as soon as possible, adding the PU Faculty
Development Programme would provide financial support to them. He said those
faculty members who were doing PhD could study one-year abroad under the
programme. Department of Economics Chairman Dr Muhammad Hafeez ur Rehman and a
number of faculty members and students were also present.
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Technical education top students also need a pat on the back
Lahore: The Punjab government seems reluctant to acknowledge the
achievements of students of technical education because unlike top scorers of
mainstream education, it has not announced any special incentives for students
who top technical education exams.
The government had generously rewarded
top scorers of matriculation and intermediate examinations. Besides huge cash
prizes, these students were presented a special guard of honour at Punjab House
in Murree last year. The story does not end here. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif had announced a study tour for them and these days a delegation
consisting of these students is on a visit to Germany and Britain where they are
visiting top universities and colleges.
Besides this, the CM had special
meetings with these kids on several occasions while a training programme was
also organized for them to sharpen their oratory skills and personality
development. Recently, the chief minister also announced doubling the amount of
cash prize for position holders from next year as well as sending 40 students
instead of 20 on a study tour.
A ceremony to award medals to top scorers
of DAE, DCom and DBA, all equivalent to intermediate level education, was held
last week. Punjab Excise and Taxation and Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur
Rehman was the chief guest. A gold medal and Rs 25,000 in cash, a silver medal
with Rs 15,000 in cash and a bronze medal with Rs 10,000 were announced for the
first, second and third position holders respectively. No other incentives were
announced for these talented students by the minister on behalf of the chief
Contrary to this, last year the top scorers of various groups
of matriculation and intermediate of all eight boards of the province were
awarded cash prizes of Rs 200,000 while the chief minister had also announced Rs
100,000 for teachers of position holders. The ceremony to honour top scorers of
matriculation was presided over by Shahbaz Sharif himself while the education
minister was the chief guest at the ceremony held in the honour of top scorers
of intermediate examination.
During a ceremony organised by the Punjab
Board of Technical Education (PBTE), Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman had assured the
position holders of technical education of a meeting with Shahbaz Sharif. The
meeting is yet to take place.
Seen in this context, the 'treatment' being
'meted out' to brilliant students of technical education is disappointing even
though the government frequently claims that it was paying special attention on
the field of technical education in the province.
Talking anonymously, a PBTE official said the minister for education had announced that he
would help arrange a meeting of the top scorers with the chief minister. The
official said the minister, however, had asked the board to move a summary in
this regard. He said if the chief minister really wanted to announce special
incentives for top scorers of technical education, then there had been no need
to move a summary. "The CM had announced cash prizes and other awards for top
scorers of intermediate exams last year though he did not attend the ceremony,"
the official said.
He said there was a single board dealing with
technical education in the province unlike general education for which eight
boards were working. "Our kids would have felt encouraged too had the CM given
them a pat on the back," he said.
The Punjab University (PU) Centre of
Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) arranged a public defence lecture of PhD
thesis entitled "Identification of Drought Tolerant Genes in Cotton" at the
centre here at New Campus on Saturday.
According to a press statement,
Muhammad Irfan, PhD scholar of the CEMB, made a presentation and answered
participants' questions on the occasion. PU Centre of Excellence in Molecular
Biology (CEMB) Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain is the supervisor while Dr Farhat F Jamil
is the External Examiner of the PhD scholar. -firstname.lastname@example.org (The News)
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Jamia Naeemia students hold rally against Taliban
Lahore: Students of the Jamia Naeemia on Sunday held a rally to condemn
Talibanisation and to express solidarity with the victims of June 12 tragedy,
which claimed the life of Allama Naeemi and others in a suicide
The rally, led by Jamia Naeemia principal and son of Allama
Naeemi, Raghib Naeemi, started from Jamia Naeemia, Garhi Shahu, and concluded in
front of the Punjab Assembly building. The participants of the
'Istehkam-e-Pakistan' rally chanted slogans against the miscreants and
terrorists for creating chaos in the country. Holding banners and placards with
anti-Taliban slogans, the participants rejected terrorism, demanding the
elimination of miscreants from the country. The participants reiterated their
commitment to continue the mission of Dr Sarafraz Ahmad Naeemi Shaheed to
promote Islam, a religion of peace and harmony. Raghib Naeemi and Mufti Haseeb
Qadri in their addresses demanded compensation for the relatives of June 12
victims. The News
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