Punjab medical dental colleges entrance test
21,489 students to take Punjab medical entrance test
Lahore, Sep 28: AS many AS 21,489 candidates will appear in the entrance test for
admissions for 4,029 MBBS/BDS seats in public and private
medical/dental colleges of Punjab simultaneously at 13 centres in 12
cities of the province on Sunday (today).
The entrance test will
start at 9 am and end at 11:30 am. The candidates are required to reach
at their centres at 8 am as all the centres would be closed at 8:15 am.
the media regarding the arrangements for entrance test at a press
conference here at the Senate Hall of the University of Health Sciences
on Saturday, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hussain Mubashar Malik said
that out of the total of 21,489 candidates, an overwhelming majority of
14,987 (69.75%) female candidates and 6,502 (30.25%) male candidates
would appear in the test. The figure indicates the trend of female
dominance in public as well as private medical/dental colleges. Last
year, out of a total 18,263 candidates, as many as 12,282 female
candidates and 5,981 male candidates appeared in the entrance test.
may also be mentioned here that more than 17,000 students will not be
able to join the medical/dental education after the entrance test. The
medical professionals are of the view that low-merit FSc students, who
were made eligible to take the entrance test, will not be able to get
admissions to public or private colleges even if they scored 100 per
cent in the test because only top-merit FSc students, who usually
scored high in the test as well, have always been able to get
admissions to medical/dental colleges.
It is useless to give
hope to so many students only to dash it afterwards and presently the
weightage given to FSc marks seems to be aiming to generate revenue
through selling admission kits to over 21,000 candidates against just
over 4,000 seats,Ó a student said.
According to medical
professionals, more than 60 per cent seats are eventually grabbed by
female candidates, which they said was plaguing the healthcare system
in the province.
In view of the very low percentage of lady
doctors who ultimately join the profession as a majority of them leave
the profession after marriages, the UHS VC said the government was
working to solve the problem and added that the government should file
a review petition in the court to give advantage to male students over
the females for admissions to medical/dental education. The court had
earlier given its ruling to treat male and female candidates equally in
the merit for admissions to medical/dental colleges.
Hussain Mubashar Malik, who is also chairman of the Admission Board,
said the students, 20,895 FSc candidates and 594 non-FSc candidates,
would compete for 2,479 seats, including 2,263 MBBS and 216 BDS seats
in 11 medical and three dental colleges in public sector in the
province. Besides, there would be 1,150 MBBS seats in 12 medical
colleges and 400 BDS seats in eight dental colleges in the private
sector, he said, adding that the entrance test for FSc and non-FSc
candidates would be from their respective syllabi and books.
there would be 220 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), including 70
questions of Biology, 60 of Physics, 60 of Chemistry and 30 questions
of English. Each question would bear five marks, while one mark would
be deducted for a wrong answer, he said and added that total marks
would be 1100, while a minimum score of 40 per cent was mandatory for
admission to all public and private medical/dental colleges. The
weightage for admissions comprises 70 per cent of equivalent marks in
FSc and 30 per cent entrance test marks.
The UHS VC said that in
order to hold the entrance test, the province had been divided into
three zones, i.e. Central, Southern and Northern zones. In the Central
Zone, seven centres had been established including two in Lahore at the
UHS and BISE Examination halls, he said, adding that the remaining
centres were at the Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Govt Boys
Degree College, Sahiwal, University of Gujrat, Punjab University,
Gujranwala Campus, and University of Sargodha.
In Southern Zone, four
entrance test centres had been established in the Sheikh Zayed Public
School, Rahimyar Khan, BISE Centre, DG Khan, Islamia University,
Bahawalpur, and Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, while in
Northern Zone, two centres had been established at Siddique Public
School, Rawalpindi, and Mashal Degree College, Wah Cantt, he maintained.
Hussain Mubashar Malik said that the Information Technology secretary
and Lahore Division Commissioner would visit the centres in Lahore, the
Cooperative secretary in Rahimyar Khan, Special Secretary Health in Wah
Cantt, while commissioners of Bahawalpur, Multan, DG Khan, Faisalabad,
Sargodha, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Rawalpindi would visit the centres in
their respective centres.
It was also learnt that Chief
Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif would also visit four centres in four
different districts, including two centres in Rawalpindi and Sahiwal,
Dr Hussain Mubashar said foolproof security
arrangements had been made at all centres, whereas highly scientific
and sophisticated methods had been adopted to maintain transparency in
the examination paper and whole process of the test. He said eminent
professionals of high integrity had been deputed as couriers of
examination material, adding that 1,296 honest supervisory and
invigilation staff had been appointed in addition to 20 per cent
reserved staff in case of emergencies. He said examination process
would discourage cheating at examination centres.
žWe will not
take any outside pressures regarding merit,Ó he said while adding that
admissions to medical/dental colleges would be conducted strictly on
merit. Besides, he said, private academies would not be able to dictate
terms and play with the future of the deserving students. He dilated
upon the process and procedures to make the entrance test
student-friendly in order to facilitate students. The students had been
provided complete admission kits at Rs 400 each, while there was no
entrance test fee, he said.
The UHS VC said that Chief Minister
Mian Shahbaz Sharif had enhanced 100 per cent goodwill quota for
medical students of Balochistan in public medical/dental colleges in
Punjab, therefore, seats had been increased from 10 to 20. Furthermore,
he said, the UHS would display a single merit list of candidates on
October 21, 2009, after test of Huffaz-e-Quran to be held from 12th to
15th October, adjustment of re-checking of FSc result and IBCC
The submission of formal admission applications by the top
2,700 candidates would be from 22nd to 31st October, holding of medical
board for the disabled from 3rd to 4th November, first selection list
of MBBS and BDS to be displayed on 7th November and classes would start
from 16th November 2009. He claimed that the UHS had ensured to
complete the MBBS/BDS courses in four years and 10 months, which in
several cases had earlier prolonged up to eight years.
Hussain Mubashar said it would be mandatory for private medical/dental
colleges to display merit lists after the display of merit lists by the
public medical/dental colleges to save the candidates from double
expenditures. He said cash awards of Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000
would be given to overall first, second and third position holders
respectively in the test.
Besides, cash awards would also be given to
the position holders of all three regions of Central Punjab, Southern
Punjab and Northern Punjab. In each region, cash prize of Rs 10,000
each would be awarded to first position holder, Rs 8,000 to second
position holder and Rs 6,000 to third position holder, he said. The news
""In view of the very low percentage of lady doctors who ultimately join the profession as a majority of them leave the profession after marriages, the UHS VC said the government was working to solve the problem and added that the government should file a review petition in the court to give advantage to male students over the females for admissions to medical/dental education." It is not fair to generalize a whole gender..what about the rest of us women who are trying to live independently and who wont give up the profession? are you going to throw us away if some of our fellow females decided they only wanted to do MBBS to get a good rishta? Shouldnt society change itself instead of bringing down hard workers like us? "
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