Entrance test for Punjab medical and dental colleges
32,000 students appearing for entrance test
Lahore, July 08: As many as 32,000 male and female students are appearing
in the entrance test for admission into public and private sector
medical and dental colleges of the Punjab. The entrance test is
scheduled to be held on July 20 simultaneously at 12 cities of the
The University of Health Sciences set up 14
examination centers in different cities including Lahore, Faisalabad,
Gujranwala, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Hasan Abdal. On the
special directions of CM Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, self-scoring
system has been introduced in entrance test for the first time to
ensure 100% transparency. Two answer sheets-one original and other
carbon copy-will be provided to students who will submit the former to
the invigilators and retain the latter for checking their results. The
answer key will be made public through website of University Health
Sciences and through electronic and print media. This step will enable
the students to check their result and evaluate their performance
without any delay and in an easy way.
participants over the arrangements and mode of examination at an
orientation seminar arranged by UHS at auditorium of Punjab Medical
College, Faisalabad, on Wednesday, Coordinator of UHS Dr. Hamaad
Hussain said that for the first time the entrance tests were being held
before the announcement of FSc result and told the participants that
the decision had been taken to facilitate the students.
said that early conducting of entrance test would benefit the students,
as they had just taken the FSc exam and would prove helpful in
refreshing their memories. He said this decision had increased the
strength of candidates from 22000 last year to 32000 this year.
further said that the decision would also discourage the
commercialisation of preparation and save the students from the
clutches of academy mafia. He also briefed the participants that a
total of 220 MCQs would be asked from the students and they would
answer them in 150 minutes. Each question will carry five marks and a
candidate will lose 1 mark for a wrong answer. Separate question papers
have been designed for FSc and non-FSc students i.e. A-Level and other
equivalent, he added. He further told that a student would have to
secure 60 % marks i.e. 660 out of 11000.
Principal PMC Dr.
Riaz Hussain Dab, Organiser of seminar Prof. Dr. Imtiaz and UHS
Coordinator Muhammad Ramzan also spoke and briefed the students on the
details of entrance test.
Meanwhile, on the instructions of
Punjab Chief Minister, an informational seminar was held under the
auspices of University of Health Sciences at Sheikh Zayed Public School
Rahimyar Khan for creating awareness among the students regarding
entrance test for all the medical and dental colleges of the province
which was chaired by Prof. of Sheikh Zayed Medical College Dr. Anwar
Hussain. Principal of Shiekh Zayed Public School Ch. Muhammad Ismail
was also present on the occasion. Students of FSc from all over the
district attended the seminar. Prof. of Pathology Dr. I.A Naveed of
University of Health Sciences gave the comprehensive information to the
candidates of medical and dental colleges regarding entrance test and
also introduced the computerised way of entering Roll No, Name and
parenthood on the paper. He also gave the answers of various questions
asked by candidates. The news
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Fake degree issue creeps up on medical profession
Lahore: The issue of fake degrees has now engulfed the medical profession, as
former students and doctors of the Institute of Public Health (IPH)
have launched a move to verify the academic credentials of IPH Dean Dr
Shakeela Zaman, It is learnt.
complaints from various sections, including former students and doctors
working in the IPH, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has
requested the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Swedish
university concerned for verification of the dean's PhD degree.
PMA had been conveyed that the IPH dean had presented her MD degree as
a PhD after getting it translated in English from Swedish. She had also
allegedly gotten a promotion as a professor on the basis of the same
Set up: PMA Punjab president Dr
Ashraf Nizami said that PMA office-bearers have been receiving
complaints regarding the authenticity of the degrees of many doctors
and "the association has decided to set up a committee in a couple of
days that will submit a report on doctors working with fake degrees".
the act a "social stigma", he said that if more than "150
parliamentarians can present fake degrees, which is equivalent to
committing fraud, doctors, engineers and bureaucrats should also put
their houses in order".
To a question on the involvement of
other senior doctors in the scam, Nizami said the PMA has some
information on the involvement of "high-ups", but nothing could be said
for sure before the findings of the inquiry committee are revealed. "As
per an estimate, all foreign degree holders have doubtful
credentials... even today [Wednesday] the PMDC has cancelled the
licences of some doctors over the same issue," he added.
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has also decided to launch
an operation against fake degree holders registered over a decade. The
move has been taken after PMDC officials were found involved in issuing
fake degrees to doctors.
YDA General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi
said that most of the fake doctors were working in health
establishments in the periphery, posing life threat to millions of
people. He said the government should take action against all those
doctors found guilty. "Doctors [with fake degrees and sitting] on
senior positions should show some moral courage and step down... they
should stop using foreign diplomas as doctorates," Kazmi added.
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PCR machines going to waste at IPH, KEMU
Lahore: The Polymesase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines – worth millions
of rupees – installed at the Institute of Public Health (IPH) and King
Edward Medical University (KEMU) six months ago are still
non-functional, forcing thousands of poor patients suffering from
Hepatitis B and C to go to private laboratories for tests, It is learnt.
Young Doctors' Association (YDA) office-bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman
Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao and Dr Eraij said in a statement that it was "gross
negligence" on the part of the KEMU and IPH administration to have
failed to purchase kits for Hepatitis B and C tests in the past six
months, while the new machines were lying useless in the respective
The YDA office-bearers added that a
"mafia" of private laboratories' owners did not want the machines to be
functional, as it would affect their businesses.
to the Punjab chief minister and health secretary to issue directions
to the administration of these institutes to purchase kits for
Hepatitis B and C so that thousands of patients could avail the
facility of a PCR test, free of cost. Daily times
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Why no Iqbal Academy Act yet?
Lahore: When there is a full-fledged Federal Minister for Culture
Pir Sayyed Aftab Shah Jillani after the resignation of Khawaja Saad
Rafique some two years back, why there is still no Iqbal Academy Act in
Though the previous assembly had adopted the draft resolution, it could not get it approved owing to dissolution.
Iqbal Academy is a major forum and source to promote the message and thoughts of the Poet of the East.
in place, it would help spread the teachings of the great poet. But it
seems the present government like its predecessors is in no hurry to
put things in order.
It is pertinent to note that at that time
more than 60 bills were in final shape and 80 percent of them had been
re-tabled, including Quid-e-Azam Academy Bill.
At this point one
asks why there is a need for redraft the bill. It seems that the
ministry is not interested in resolving the issue of an institution
that is working for promotion and propagation of the message of a great
visionary. Hurdles are being created by some elements time and again.
months ago there was an issue of appointing an administrator in
Aiwan-e-Iqbal against an abolished post while the governing body of the
organisation in its meeting held in February 2006, chaired by the then
secretary culture, decided to abolish the post. The resolution read:
"The Governing Body resolved that no administrator should be appointed
in the Aiwan and status quo should be maintained till the approval of
the Iqbal Academy Act.The ministry should send it's advice to the
Establishment Division to issue a notification to abolish the post of
Administrator." The ministry appointed an administrator instead.
was admitted by the ministry in its letter No. M/o Culture's
U.O.no.G.S-13/2001-A-III dated 16-12-2009. As the Ministry of Culture
did not send the note to the Establishment Division for advice and
instead wrote to it for posting of an administrator complicating the
Justice (Retd) Dr Javid Iqbal has written more than once to the ministry to de-notify the post.
recently appointed chairman of the Management Committee, Aiwan-e-Iqbal,
Arif Nizami, a senior journalist and analyst, has in a letter to the
ministry said: "The appointment of an administrator is neither valid
nor is in the interest of the project. I would, therefore, endorse the
view of Dr Javid Iqbal and would like to uphold the decisions of the
competent authorities. May I request for an expeditious disposing of
the matter by issuing the formal letter de-notifying the post of the
After that the ministry, in its letter No
F.8-13/2001-AIII, withdrew the additional charge of the post of the
administrator given to the director of the Iqbal Academy. It seems to
be a positive step towards the abolition of the post and the merger of
the Iqbal Academy and Aiwan-e-Iqbal, which have been working
efficiently under one umbrella for more than four years.
contacted, Federal Secretary Culture Moeenul Islam Bokhari commented
that the issue of Iqbal Academy was being settled and consultants were
working on it.
However, sources said that the ministry had
spent a huge amount of Rs 1.8 million to conduct a study on Iqbal
Academy. It is to be noted that a similar study had also been conducted
in 2006 with less amount. The news
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160 students to get higher education in US
Jhelum: As many as 160 under-graduates of various colleges and
universities, across the country, will depart for United States (US)
soon to study on scholarship.This was stated by the spokesman of United
States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) on Wednesday.He said
these scholarships were fully funded covering travel, boarding,
stipend, health insurance and tuition fee for the entire period of
He further said some students
would attend study for four to six weeks in their respective course,
while others either for a year or a semester.
"The selected candidates are being funded under five different
programs, of which, three are administered by United States Educational
Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) and two managed directly by the U.S
Embassy Islamabad," he added. App
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Tevta moves summary to hand over institutes to HED
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority
(Tevta) has formally moved a summary seeking handing over of its 118
commerce institutes and colleges along with around 3,000 teaching and
non-teaching staff to the Punjab Higher Education Department.
is learnt that the TEVTA has sought a separate cadre for the employees
to be shifted to the Higher Education Department so that their
seniority, job and pay are protected.
A meeting between TEVTA
Chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi and Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan
Cheema was held recently to finalise the modalities in order to
complete the task smoothly.
It is further learnt that the
contract employees of the TEVTA being shifted to the Higher Education
Department would be awarded contract under the Punjab government's
contract policy 2004.
Sources in the TEVTA said around 3,000
employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff, would be shifted
besides 118 institutes and colleges of commerce education would be
handed over to the higher education department as soon as the summary
gets approved by the chief minister.
They said another important
initiative taken by the TEVTA was registration of private institutes
offering technical education and vocational training which earlier used
to be domain of the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE).
strict policy has been adopted by the Authority now in connection with
registration to discourage private institutes involved only in minting
money, they added.
Sources said some politicians had now started
lobbying to take out the PBTE from administrative control of the TEVTA
as they had been running technical institutes privately and were
feeling quite uncomfortable with the changing scenario.
important to mention here that shifting of commerce education is part
of revamping and restructuring of the TEVTA which have been declared
top priority by the CM on various occasions recently.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has also approved formation of the Technical
and Vocational Training Company (TEVTC) recently under which now the
TEVTA would not need approval of Finance Department and P&D
Department etc to utilise the budgetary allocations as the TEVTC would
be under direct control of the chief minister.
The handing over
of commerce education stream from the TEVTA to the education department
was recently okayed by the chief minister with an aim to strengthen
TEVTA so that the authority could focus technical education and
vocational training in true spirit and could produce individuals
required by industry.
It is important to mention here that
vigorous exercise of revamping curricula of different trades and
technologies is underway by the TEVTA these days while discussions were
also in process with different international bodies to get
accreditation and recognition of TEVTA's courses. So far curricula of
22 trades and four technologies have been revamped keeping in view the
When contacted, Higher Education Secretary Ahad
Khan Cheema said the existing status of employees would continue and
they would be dealt as a separate entity to avoid issues, including
that of seniority. He said complete merger would be possible only with
the passage of time.
TEVTA Chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi confirmed
that the summary had been moved and said efforts were being made to
ensure that the seniority and pay of the employees to be shifted were
protected, adding that best deal would be offered to them. The news
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