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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Historically, 30,000 candidates apply for the CCE every
year. The CCE examination was not held from 2001 to 2003 because of political
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
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
"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. "
Name: imtiaz malik
City, Country: Kalri,pakistan
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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
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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