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Punjab medical/dental colleges admissions test

More than 20,000 candidates sit exam for 2,313 seats
Lahore, Sep 15: More than 20,000 candidates across the Punjab sat for the admissions test for public and private medical/dental colleges for the 2008-09 session on Sunday.

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) conducted the admissions test for its affiliated medical and dental colleges across Punjab, as well as those for the King Edward Medical University, a separate chartered medical university, and Fatima Jinnah Medical College, which is affiliated with the Punjab University.

More than 20,000 candidates appeared for 2,313 seats, including 2,156 for MBBS and 157 for BDS for public medical/ dental institutions, and 800 seats for MBBS for private medical/dental colleges.

According to administrators, candidates were required to reach their respective test centres an hour before the commencement of the test at 9am.

The format of the paper consisted of 220 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), which the candidates were required to solve in 150 minutes.

The breakdown of the total 1,100 marks for the test were: Physics 250 marks (50 MCQs); Chemistry 250 marks (50 MCQs); Biology 350 marks (70 MCQs); and English 250 marks (50 MCQs).

Each correct answer carried five marks while a mark was deducted for each wrong answer.

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) building was made the test centre for admissions, where around 6,000 candidates from Lahore and nearby cities appeared for the examination.

The UHS had made security arrangements and special arrangements for the parents of the candidates to sit and wait at the Lawrence Gardens, during the test. Due to this, Lawrence Road was blocked for three hours due to the rush of students.

Candidates were not permitted to bring their mobile phones into the examination hall.

Several students said that they were satisfied with the format of the test papers. Noorul Ain, a student, said that the test was from within their course-pack and all the MCQs were very easy. She said that she was satisfied with her attempt, adding that some candidates, from Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology, had difficulty in solving the papers because of the lack of air-conditioning in the hall.

Another student, Bilal, said that he had prepared for the test at an academy for two months and was satisfied with his attempt, as the paper was easy.

They said that while they were optimistic about being admitted to their respective colleges after clearing the test, it was wrong of the government to conduct them during Ramazan.

According to the rule, 65 percent of the total weightage of the eligibility criteria for admission would be given to the marks obtained in FSc (pre-medical) and 35 percent of the total weightage would be given to the marks obtained in the entrance test.

The top 2,313 candidates will secure admissions to public medical and dental colleges. The chief minister has already abolished the self-finance scheme for admission to medical/dental colleges.

The result of the entrance test will be announced within a week. Daily Times

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PU academic session began
Lahore: The academic session of Punjab University for MA/MSc, BA/BSc 4-year program will commence from Monday, September 15 as admissions against 4909 vacant seats have been completed on merit positively. Punjab University chairman admission committee Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry told APP here Sunday that the fourth and final merit list was displayed on September 13, subject to vacant seats with the condition of payment of dues the same day. Candidates whose names appeared in the first or second lists but who could not obtain admission within the stipulated dates, were considered in the fourth merit list. App

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Private schools' teachers not paid in summer vacation
Lahore: Teachers of majority of private schools are victims of exploitation of school owners who make them work very hard but pay them peanuts.

Abysmally low salaries are the reason why most private schools teachers do not stay at a school for long. They keep changing school after school in pursuit of a better salary package and comfortable working environment.

Students remain the most affected as they have to adjust to a new teacher but the school management is never bothered.

Some private schools offer lucrative salary packages along with other fringe benefits to their teachers but the number of such schools is very small. Teachers working at these schools are more committed to their jobs as compared to those earning much less. Some schools do try to attract talented teachers and pay them handsomely and hence show good results in examinations.

Women teachers are more prone to exploitation as they are paid far less than their male counterparts at private schools while they are given more assignments. In majority of cases, they are asked to stay even after school hours while they are also overburdened with assignments to complete at home.

Sajid Malik, whose wife teaches at a private school in Sant Nagar area, said the school was paying a meagre salary to his wife though she was a graduate. He said besides giving full time to the school, his wife was frequently given work to do at home. "This is not fair but my wife does it out of compulsion," he said. "I alone cannot pay for everything, therefore my wife has to work too," he said.

Teachers of public schools are more comfortable than those of private schools. They have security of job despite the fact the government at present is recruiting teachers on contract. A private school teacher, however, could easily be fired by the management without any prior notice.

While majority of private schools pay poor salaries to their teachers, delay in payment of salaries is another serious issue faced by private school teachers.

Despite rising inflation, the salary of teachers in private schools ranges from Rs 1,500 to Rs 6,000 depending upon the qualification and experience.

Those teaching in private schools have to teach at academies and tuition centres in the afternoon and evening besides taking home tuitions to make reasonable earnings in order to provide their families with bread and butter.

It is a bitter fact that majority of private schools do not pay salary to teachers during summer vacation whereas these houses of knowledge collect advance fees for this period.

Some schools do pay half salary to teachers during summer vacation while some others a quarter of the full salary.

Despite frequent increase in fees by private schools, the salaries of teachers are not increased on a regular basis and they are badly hit by rising inflation and their lives are beset with financial crises.

Hafiz Rasheed, who teaches at an elite school, spoke of a bitter experience at his previous place of work. "The school management did not pay me and many other teachers during the summer vacation", he said and added that "the management, however, had collected advance fees from students for this period".

"I protested but was told that I would be able to receive half of the salary during summer break from next year." "I was so disheartened that I resigned," he said.

Schools Education Department Secretary Nadeem Ashraf said that private school teachers signed contracts with their employers and they could go to court if they were exploited.

He said the department could also launch a probe if it received a complaint. The department could serve notices on schools and cancel their registration, he said. The News

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Overage candidates barred from taking PPSC examination this year
Lahore: This year, thousands of candidates' are being denied the right to sit for the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC's) Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) because the Punjab government has withdrawn its five-year age relaxation.

The PPSC has announced 100 posts for the provincial management service (PMS), two posts of excise and taxation officer, three posts of superintendent district jail, 21 posts of tehsildar and four posts of civil defence officer. The PPSC has also introduced a new system of the CCE this year, in which candidates, besides their compulsory subjects of 600 marks, has also compelled to opt for three additional subjects from various groups of seven carrying 200 marks each. Another change in the CCE this year is that candidates would be allocated the above-mentioned posts based on their priority, but on merit similar to the Central Superior Services Examination (CSS).

Earlier, in a report published on August 4, the Punjab government had proposed to withdraw the five-year general age relaxation for the posts of PMS.

Amended: The government amended the Punjab Civil Servant (PCS) Recruitment Rules 1976, in which, the upper age limit for employees had been fixed at 35 years and the age limit for general candidates has been set from 21 to 28 years to accommodate candidates aged 40 and 33, respectively. The PPSC was to recruit 130 people on various posts this year, as it had recruited 37 officials in 2005 and 89 in 2006.

However, according to sources, the government has withdrawn this five-year age relaxation and only candidates between 21 and 28 years old are eligible to sit for the examination.

Historically, 30,000 candidates apply for the CCE every year. The CCE examination was not held from 2001 to 2003 because of political instability.

After the three-year gap, the PPSC conducted CCE with a 5-year age relaxation until 2006. The CCE was then not held in 2007, and after a one-year gap, the CCE would be held again this year, but without its 5 year relaxation.

Sources in the PPSC said that 3,000 candidates would appear in the CCE this year because its introducing a lengthy syllabus. Thousands of candidates would be deprived to take the CCE because of the inability to meet the age limit.

Criticised: A senior bureaucrat, requesting anonymity, criticised the government's policy. He said that after a two-year gap, the CCE would be held in January 2009 and the government should not waive the age relaxation. He said that the lengthy syllabus, which was introduced by PPSC, did not make sense, adding that the PPSC had showed the outlines of its compulsory subjects, and they would upset the candidates. He said that the PPSC should have given the outline of its compulsory subjects months ago. He also said that with only three to four months, the candidates would not be able to get through the syllabus. He added that with the introduction of the BA honours programme, the 28-year age limit was not appropriate any longer.

An official of PPSC, also requesting anonymity, said that the age relaxation was not mentioned in the PPSC rules. He said that it was the decision of the government whether it would grant the age relaxation.

Secretary to Chief Minister (CM), Dr Tanveer Ahmed, and the adviser to the CM were not available for comments. Daily Times

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Punjab education Dept to hire 4,575 educators
Lahore: Education authorities will recruit 4575 Secondary School Educators (Computer Science) under the Policy for Recruitment of Educators in Government Schools (2008-09). Out of these vacancies, 2909 male educators and 1666 female educators will be recruited.

At least 199 Secondary School Educators (SSE-Computer Science) will be appointed in district Attock, Bahawalnagar 146, Bahawalpur 122, Bhakhar 71, Chakwal 158, DG Khan 88, Faisalabad 338, Gujranwala 158, Gujrat 191, Hafizabad 45, Jhang 167, Jhelum 88, Kasur 106, Khanewal 131, Khushab 74, Lahore 259, Layyah 88, Lodhran 65, Mandi Bahauddin 77, Mianwali 83, Multan 135, Muzaffargrah 100, Nankana Sahib 86, Narowal 89, Okara 123, Pakpattan 61, Rahim Yar Khan 159, Rajanpur 46, Rawalpindi 260, Sahiwal 147, Sargodha 219, Sheikhupura 88, Sialkot 169, Toba Tek Singh 132 and Vehari 107. The News

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"I think that,new computer educater selection is good step of govt but i have come to know that it will bo done on contract bases.It should bo permanent. "
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BZU expels two of its students
Multan: The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) on Saturday expelled two male students for thrashing a female student on the campus.

According to a press release issued here, the university's disciplinary committee expelled Muhammad Rashid from the Philosophy Department and Muhammad Asif of an undergraduate course after finding them guilty of thrashing a female student.

Their accomplices Muhammad Imran of the International Relations Department and Ahmad Bilal of the Sociology Department were fined. Dawn

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