Flaws in Punjab medical entrance test
Students point out 'flaws' in entrance test
Lahore, July 21: Most A-level students who took the entrance test 2010-11 for
admission to medical and dental colleges in Punjab on Tuesday pointed out
'flaws' in the test.
About 1,000 non-FSc students took entrance test at
an examination centre at the University of Health Sciences here.
number of students were of the view that some questions were out of course,
while many others said calculator was required to solve some questions, but the
management had not allowed its use.
A good number of students said some
supervisors irritated them as they indulged in loud gossip at the centre.
Ali Ahmad of Rawalpindi said maximum time allocated for
a question was 40 seconds, but at least three questions needed more than two
minutes to solve.
Zuhaib Ahmad of Faisalabad said question no 91 created
confusion because the options given against it did not match the question. The
supervisors corrected the options after several students stood up at their seats
and pointed out the error. He said at least two questions could not be answered
without using a calculator.
Maryam Aslam of Raiwind expressed similar
views about question no 91.
Hasnain Ali of Lahore's Cavalry Ground
locality said some questions relating to physics and biology were not taken from
Muhammad Usman of Wah Cantonment said many students could
not prepare themselves for the entrance test because it was conducted two months
earlier. In the past, he said, the test for A-level students was being conducted
by the end of September.
Naveed Iqbal of Rawalpindi was unhappy with the
ban on the use of calculators, saying that at least two questions could not be
solved without calculator's help.
Sara Shahid of Rawalpindi said at
least five to seven questions were out of the syllabus.
Ali Shah from
Islamabad said supervisors collected answer sheets 10 minutes before time.
Awaiz Ahmad and Sanid Rashid of Islamabad were angry at noisy
supervisors. Ana Baloach of Rawalpindi said all questions were taken from the
syllabus and the time given was sufficient.
Muhammad Usman Zia, a
resident of Sadiqabad, said questions were not out of course at all.
most examinees arrived here from cities like Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sialkot and
Dera Ghazi Khan in heavy rain in the city, their parents and relatives were left
with no option but to stand along the road in rain.
Traffic mess was
seen from Bhekeywala Mor to New Campus Underpass because one side of the road
was closed for traffic by the police as a security measure during the entrance
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Results being uploaded today
Lahore: The correct answer-key of the entrance test for admission to
medical and dental colleges will be released on Wednesday (today), UHS
Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Husain Mubashar said on Tuesday.
year, the key carrying correct answers was released a few hours after the test,
but it had caused some problems for the UHS management and students as well," he
The UHS on Tuesday conducted entrance test for admission to
medical and dental institutions of the province simultaneously at 23 centres (in
12 cities) amid tight security.
Prof Malik said the examination material
had started reaching the UHS office from other cities of the province. The UHS
administration, he said, had paid remunerations to the 2,750 supervisors and
other staff who discharged duties at the centres. Each supervisor and staffer
was paid Rs1,500 each.
He said the UHS received no serious complaint
from any centre where 31,602 candidates had appeared for entrance test. He said
70 CCTVs were installed at the three examination centres in Lahore to monitor
the entrance test. Around 300 gadgets were installed at the other centres.
He said mobile phone jammers and security walkthrough gates were also
installed at the examination centres with special arrangements for disabled
Lahore Commissioner Khusro Pervez Khan, Aftab Habib, member
Chief Minister's Inspection Team, and other senior officials visited the
Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad, who also
visited the Lahore examination centres, expressed his satisfaction over the
arrangements to conduct the entrance test. He told the media that the UHS
ensured that there's no possibility of cheating or any other negative activity
at the examination centres.
The three centres in Lahore were: Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls on Lawrence Road,
University of Engineering & Technology and the UHS. In all 11,094 candidates
– 7,319 female and 3,775 male – sat the examination.
In Rawalpindi, the
number of candidates who appeared in the test was 4,502, Multan (4,212),
Faisalabad (2,984), Gujranwala (2,139), Bahawalpur (1,240), Sargodha (938),
Sahiwal (1,080), Gujrat (841), DG Khan (872), Rahim Yar Khan (889) and
Talking to the media, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof
Mubashar said highly scientific and sophisticated method had been adopted to
maintain secrecy and transparency of the examination papers and whole process.
He said admissions to medical colleges would be made on merit.
medical college admission test was compulsory across the world, both in
developed and developing countries. Neighbouring countries such as Iran, India,
Malaysia and Sri Lanka conducted entrance test every year, he added.
chief minister had appointed divisional commissioners and senior government
officials as regional coordinators and monitoring officers to ensure
transparency in the examinations.
A press release added the candidates
would compete for 3,361 seats – 3,145 MBBS and 216 BDS -- in 15 medical
institutions. They include four newly-established colleges in Gujranwala,
Sialkot, DG Khan and Sahiwal and three dental colleges in public sector.
Besides, there would be 1,200 MBBS seats in 12 medical colleges and 400
BDS seats in eight dental colleges in private sector.
The UHS will
upload the answer keys of question papers on its website. Dawn
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Candidates defy rain to appear in medical entrance test
Lahore: Defying heavy rains lashing the city in the morning, thousands of
candidates appeared in the entrance test of medical and dental colleges of
Punjab, which was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on
According to an UHS spokesman, 31,602 candidates appeared in
the entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges of Punjab
simultaneously at 23 centres in 12 cities of the province. The test started at
9am and concluded at 11:30am in a peaceful manner despite heavy rain in many
cities of Punjab, including Lahore. The candidates had been directed to reach
the test centres at 8:15am and after that, all the centres had been sealed. The
candidates termed the arrangements made by the UHS and the Punjab government
'satisfactory'. "The arrangements are better than last year," said Salman Aslam,
who appeared in the test at University of Engineering and Technology (UET),
Shazia Sarfraz, a candidate appearing at the Lawrence
Road centre, said that the examination staff was very cooperative and the
arrangements were good. She said that all the questions of the test were
according to the syllabus. Three centres had been established for the entrance
test, which were located at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(BISE), Lawrence Road, UET and the UHS. 4502 candidates appeared at the first
centre, 5617 at the second and 975 at the third. Out of the total 11,094
candidates appearing in the test, 7,319 were female and 3775 male. In
Rawalpindi, 4,502 candidates appeared in the test, Multan 4,212, Faisalabad
2,984, Gujranwala 2,139, Bahawalpur 1,240, Sargodha 938, Sahiwal 1,080, Gujrat
841, DG Khan 872, Rahim Yar Khan 889 and 719 candidates appeared in Hassan
Abdal. Foolproof security arrangements had been made for the entrance test with
a large number of security personnel and bomb disposal squad officials present
at the centres to avoid any untoward incident. CCTV cameras, cellular phone
jammers and walk-through gates were installed at every centre while generators
were also provided to facilitate the candidates. There are 3,145 MBBS seats and
216 BDS seats in government-run medical and dental colleges while 1,200 MBBS
seats and 400 BDS seats are up for grabs in the private medical and dental
colleges of Punjab. Daily times
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Lahore: The University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences (UVAS) has bagged third position in Lahore out of 14 public and
private universities and degree-awarding institutions for producing 101 research
papers in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomas-Reuters, lSI Web of Knowledge
The UVAS, being a young university, has attained 12th position
in the ranking among 82 public and private universities across the country. The
university produced 101 research papers as against 26 research publications
during 2008. In 2007, UVAS research publications had stood at 11.
According to a UVAS spokesman, the University of Engineering and
Technology, Lahore, has been placed on the sixth position with 52 publications
in Lahore while the Lahore University of Management Sciences secured seventh
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Tevta revises courses to meet industry demands
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority
(Tevta) has revised the course contents of three technologies of Diploma in
Associate Engineers (DAE) and 17 courses of vocational training in line with the
market trends and demands of local industry.
Authority chairman Saeed
Ahmad Alvi said this while briefing United States Consul General in Lahore
Carmela Conroy and USAID officer in-charge in Punjab Julie A. Koenen at Tevta
secretariat on Tuesday. Tevta members and Tevtec directors were also present.
According to a news release, Alvi said a process had been initiated for
revision of course contents of 38 technologies of DAE and 101 courses of
vocational training to improve the workmanship of Tevta graduates according to
the need of the local industry.In line with the policy guidelines of the Punjab
government, he said, Tevta had developed an elaborate roadmap in consultation
with the private sector.
He said that Tevta had sought collaboration
with foreign donor agencies like JICA, UNIDO, GTZ, DFID, Unesco to modernise
authority's institutes for training manpower according to the requirement of
local employers and global needs.
"We are also hopeful to work with
USAID in Pakistan for training of our people in different fields of agriculture
and allied areas," he said and added that Tevta was actively working with Unesco
for curriculum development and planning cooperation to modernise curricula. He
said availability of skilled manpower was not only a key to success for
industrial development in Pakistan but also for individual socio-economic
prosperity and poverty alleviation in society.
Alvi said that Tevta was
also negotiating with the British Council for international collaboration and
accreditation of its courses with different United Kingdom universities and
colleges. He said the course contents of DAE in leather technology would also be
revised and upgraded in consultation with the UK's University of
He said a centre of excellence in mechanical and
architectural technology would also be established at Government College of
Technology, Railway Road, Lahore. Dawn
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Regularisation of 162 teachers ordered
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the
Higher Education Department to regularize 162 lecturers and senior school
teachers (SST) within a month in the light of the Supreme Courtís
The bench comprising, Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and Justice
Ch Muhammad Tariq, passed the order on a petition filed by Ramiza and others.
The petitioners through their counsel pleaded that the SC had passed an
order to regularize 89 lecturers and SSTs.
After the SC order, they had
applied in their departments for regularization but to no avail.
said that, in response to their petition, the LHC had ordered the authorities
concerned to regularize the petitioners as well. They pointed out that, instead
of regularizing them, the Higher Education Department had issued interview
letters to them.
They argued that they were being subjected to
discrimination as their fellow employees were regularized without interviews in
the light of the SC decision.
They said the department officials were
harassing them for initiate legal proceedings against the department. They
requested the court to order the department to regularize them without
interviews. The news
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