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UHS changes merit policy to accommodate affluent students
Lahore, Oct 22: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has changed its merit
policy at the eleventh hour for entrance test for admission to MBBS and
BDS only to accommodate students from a specific class of the society
while leaving in lurch a good number of others who belong to middle
class and have extraordinary marks in FSc.
It may be mentioned that
in the past the UHS used to consider 70 percent marks of FSC and 30
percent of entrance test passed by applicants to prepare merit list for
admissions. But this year, the policy has been changed all of a sudden.
Now, weightage of FSc marks will be 40 percent, entrance test 50, and
matriculation 10 percent.
A student, Arslan says that all this has been done to oblige those students who did A-level.
sort of merit policy is this wherein a girl who stood at the top in her
FSc examination in Multan Board, cannot pass the entrance test,"
commented another student.
A student who got 71 percent marks in the
UHS entrance test states that he is not hopeful of getting admission in
any public medical college, adding that his parents are ready to sale
their house only for admitting him to a private medical college.
of such students are seeking help from courts, the media and government
institutions to get future of their children saved by holding the UHS
responsible for this new criterion.
It is pertinent to mention here
that private medical colleges are receiving Rs 0.5 million as annual fee
excluding college fee, hostel dues and other expenses.
conducted another entrance test on October 14, in accordance with the
Lahore High Court orders. The test was open to the students who could
not take the July 20 entrance test, and all candidates who secured 60
percent or more in FSc or equivalent examination. This year, due to
litigation, admissions to public medical and dental colleges have been
According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
(PM&DC) regulations, private colleges cannot start their admission
process and ask students to deposit fees before merit list for public
colleges is displayed. But certain private colleges have completed their
admission process and are now asking for admission fees.
"kash k duhs bhi ek or bar chance dai 4 sal ki mehnat ek test se zaya chali jati hai"
City, Country: karachi
"i agree with the new admission process. coz ther r so many examination boards in pakistan... som are very tough and conceptual.other r that much easy that any one can get above 87% marks... a good decision.... pure merit... nothing to do with marks. marks tou wo lete hai jo qabil ho..."
City, Country:lahore, pakistan
"according to the decision of supreem court 70%fsc and30%entry test the student with which percentage we can apply"
Name: hassan javed
"i agree with the new policy of UHS that helps to judge the ability and concept of students.50% entrance test,40% F.Sc and 10 matric.This is excellent formula,this policy should be apply in this year and onward.Pay my regards to all.Allah Hafiz"
Name: waqar ul hasan
"this policy is a bit better..because the previous formula made very bad doctors in the long run because all the toppers arent the toppers..conceptually..theyre pure crammers.so they did not know much about biology...but the 10% matriculation is insanely STUPID!!...it should be 40%fsc and 60% entry test or 50/50"
Name: shahrez zahid
City, Country:lahore, pakistan
City, Country:Lahore Pakistan
"This policy is meaningless. those who top in fsc work day and night for 2 years. they should be given some reward. 70 percant fsc marks was a better policy."
City, Country: sgd
"What is the need for reassessing?like entry test.If entry test is more valid then govt should finish fsc programme. dual burding is not good."
Name: shahiid hussain
City, Country: dg khan
"Agreed with this policy but, the negative marking is rubbish."
Name: Akmal Bhatti
City, Country: Muridke, Pakistan
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LHC seeks copy of order in PMDC entrance test case
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court after hearing
arguments of petitioner's counsel against medical entrance test policy
of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) sought production of the
copy of an earlier order passed. The hearing adjourned till October 26.
court was hearing a petition challenging medical entrance test policy
of PMDC which is allegedly against fundamental rights of the students
desirous of getting admission in MBBS.
Afzal Butt, father of a FSc
student, filed the petition through his counsel M Azhar Siddique against
the policy. He said policy was issued in May 2003 by PMDC under
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance 1962 to regulate admission
process in the medical colleges but it served the vested interests of
some groups and derived fair chance for FSc student to get admission to
He said his daughter Humera Arshad Butt secured
1,000 marks in FSc examination and despite she did not get admission in
MBBS only due to loopholes prevalent in the policy for entrance tests.
counsel said that the basic formula for devising merit for MBBS
admissions is wrong as there 10 percent marks were taken from Matric, 40
percent from FSc result and 60 percent from entrance tests which is of
1,000 marks. He alleged that some students belonging to influential
families are awarded upto 600 to 800 in entrance tests and such students
get admissions despite their low secure in FSc.
He said the policy
of entrance test was spreading the culture of bribery, nepotism,
references, recommendation in University of Health Sciences, (UHS),
Punjab University and the Punjab government, as high level contacts play
role in such admissions and the poor had to suffer.
He said on
September 6, 2010, LHC had directed the government, UHS and PU that the
students who get 60 or 65 percent marks in FSc were eligible to appear
in the entrance tests for medical colleges but the order had been
complied partly and still obstacles were being created in the
admissions. The nation
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Top varsity officials holding posts 'illegally'
Lahore: Though declared as illegal by the Law Department, a number of
top officials of different universities continue holding coveted posts,
thanks to the lethargic attitude of the Punjab Higher Education
The appointment of the top officials is being
dubbed as illegal in the wake of October 5 judgment of a division bench
of the Lahore High Court (LHC) declaring as illegal the appointment of
Dr Shahid Mehboob Rana as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Government College
University (GCU) Faisalabad, by the Punjab governor because it was made
without seeking advice of the Punjab chief minister.
After the LHC
judgment, the Higher Education Department had sought an advice from the
Punjab Law Department, whether the department was required to process
the cases regarding cancellation of all orders/ notifications issued by
the governor without seeking advice by the chief minister.
administrative department had received the reply on October 14 from the
Law Department according to which all such orders passed sans the CMís
advice were illegal.
According to sources in the Higher Education
Department, the officials were still holding the coveted posts because
of the lethargic attitude of the departmentís Academic Wing, otherwise
there was no justification for them to keep the seats.
that the department was merely required to write to the vice-chancellors
(VCs) of the universities concerned and officially inform them about
the development. They were surprised that the same had not been done
despite passage of almost a week.
The sources said that the
department had so far identified over a dozen cases of appointments in
different varsities in which advice of the CM was not sought by the
According to the sources, some of the appointees have
already left their positions following the judgment of the LHC single
bench in May this year. It is strange the rest of the appointees were
still holding the offices as if they were uncertain about their future,
Terming it sluggishness on part of the department
high-ups, they said that other such officials appointed by the governor
without seeking advice from the CM were yet to be identified. It is
pertinent to mention that the prominent among those who had been
identified by the department for being appointed by the governor without
seeking advice of the CM include Punjab Universityís Pro Vice
Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar, PU Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Prof Dr Javaid Ahmad, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multanís Dean
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Prof Dr Shahnawaz Malik, BZUís
Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies & Languages Prof Dr Rubina Tareen,
BZUís Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry,
nomination of Tasneem Fazli as member of the Syndicate Islamia
University Bahawalpur (IUB) and extension in the service of Prof Dr AD
Raza Chaudhry, Director General ASSMS, Government College University
Telling the reason behind the delay, Higher Education
Departmentís Additional Secretary (Academic) Muhammad Akram Chaudhry
said that the Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema was
transferred the day the reply of the Law Department was received.
He said every thing was ready on October 14 but the matter could not be processed due to the transfer of the secretary.
He said that the new secretary had been posted and now the varsities would be informed soon.
said the varsities would also be asked to send panels of candidates for
fresh appointments, adding that the universities would also be asked to
point out any other appointments made by the governor without advice of
the chief minister so that action could be taken against the same. The news
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Reply sought from LCWU
Lahore: Lahore High Court justice Yawar Ali Thursday ordered the Lahore
College for Women University (LCWU) Vice Chancellor Bushra Mateen to
submit report to the court within three weeks for not issuing
appointment letter to a candidate for the post of public relations
officer (PRO) despite merit.
A petitioner Sayed Arif Nonari
maintained in his petition that he gave an interview for the post of a
public relations officer (PRO) in LCWU, claiming that he was on 2nd
number according to the merit list of the applicants who were
He maintained that a letter of appointment was issued
to a successful candidate namely Qamar Bukhari who refused to join as
LCWU as a public relations officer.
He contended that after the
refusal of the first candidate, the LCWU concerned officer did not issue
the appointment letter to the 2nd candidate (Arif) on merit. The nation
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Edu Secy reviews PU centre progress
Lahore: Federal Secretary for Education Muhammad Athar Tahir visited
the Punjab University (PU) Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC) and
chaired a meeting to review progress of the centre.
Education directed the SZIC administration to arrange a seminar on the
role of religious scholars as social reformers and invite national
scholars as well as scholars from Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and other
countries. Athar Tahir said the National Education Festival would be
organised soon in which all the organisations and bodies, working under
the ministry, would participate actively.
He further said seminars
on different topics, workshops, books and educational equipments
exhibition, quiz, speech, art contests and a lot of other events and
activities would be included in the festival.
The purpose of
organising this festival is to create coordination among different
organisations, involve students, teachers and general public in the
educational activities and create awareness among the masses about
literacy, he added.
Earlier, SZIC Director Prof Dr Muhammad Ijaz
briefed the Education Secretary about progress, ongoing and future
projects and learning activities in the centre. Later, Education
Secretary also visited the National Museum of Science and Technology. The news
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Biotech scientists urged to explore new vistas
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has stressed that biotechnology
scientists should explore new vistas of science in the yet unexplored
biotechnology sector and do better for the generations to come.
The vice-chancellor was speaking at the concluding ceremony of National
Biotechnology Exhibition and Seminar 2010 organized by varsity's
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in collaboration with the
Higher Education Commission here on Thursday.
He said that it
was a matter of great satisfaction that the UVAS launched the Lahore
Biotechnology Park and acknowledged the contribution of experts and the
He said the university was contacting various institutions and foreign experts to execute the LBP project.
He said the university had all out expertise in the field of vaccine
production and having a piece of land to make LBP a success.
Invitro Vogue chief executive officer Kauser Abdullah Malik said the
seminar had helped the industry and academia develop cordial relations,
adding that the LBP would come out as a remarkable development in the
history of Pakistan.
Faculty of life sciences dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad and IBB director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Baber also spoke.
Later, VC Prof Nawaz distributed certificates and shields among
position holders in various competitions, including models, posters and
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