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University of health sciences entry test

UHS entry test held under tight security
Lahore, Sep 28: As many as 21,289 candidates appeared in the entry test conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) for admission in medical and dental colleges of Punjab simultaneously at 13 centres in the 12 different cities of the province on Sunday.

The test started at 09:00 am and concluded at 11:30 am in a peaceful manner. The candidates termed the arrangements made by the UHS and Punjab government as excellent and corruption fee.

"The arrangements are far better than the last year", said Adnan Bashir who appeared from Lahore. Another candidate Rabia Sarfraz said the supervisory staff was very cooperative.

In Lahore, there were two centres, one at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road where 6,025 candidates appeared while the other one was established at the UHS with 1,040 aspirants.

The number of candidates in Rawalpindi was 3,299, Multan 3,218, Faisalabad 2,260, Gujranwala 1,273, Bahawalpur 826, Sargodha 663, Sahiwal 682, Gujrat 502, DG Khan 402, Rahim Yar Khan 480 and in Wah Cantt 310 candidates.

The government made special security arrangements, as hundreds of security personnel and bomb disposal squad officials were on-guard to maintain peace at each centre. Close circuit TV cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were also installed.

Special arrangements were also made for disabled students besides parking space for relatives of the candidates. Backup generators and facility of first-aid along with ambulances were also provided to meet any eventuality.

In the provincial capital, Secretary Health Anwar A Khan, Commissioner Lahore Division Khusro Pervez Khan, Secretary Information Technology Rana Ahmed, CCPO Pervaiz Rathore and DCO Sajjad Bhutta visited the centres.

Anwar A Khan termed the arrangements as excellent and said because of the transparent system, there was no possibility of cheating or any other negative activity during the process.

Talking to reporters, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubashar said highly scientific and sophisticated method had been adopted to maintain the secrecy and transparency of the examination papers.

He made it clear that the admission in medical colleges would be purely on merit and said Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had expressed his satisfaction over the procedures adopted by the varsity to maintain the secrecy, impartiality in the preparation of examination papers and facilities extended to the candidates.

According to the VC, the admission test is compulsory across the world both in developed and developing countries. Neighbouring countries such as Iran, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka conduct entrance test every year.

"There is a variation in marks obtained by candidates in various boards across the country. It is, therefore, important that an equalising mechanism to ensure justice, equity, merit and transparency is in place," he maintained.

Prof Mubbashar further said several distinguished intellectuals, educationists along with former and serving vice chancellors had termed the entrance test as a role model for other educational institutions which might act as a catalyst for change and reforms in the education system.

He said the chief minister had appointed all divisional commissioners as regional coordinators to ensure 100 per cent transparency in the process, while secretaries of Information Technology, Cooperative and Literacy as well as Special Secretary Health also acted as regional coordinators.

According to the figures provided by the UHS, out of total 21,289 candidates who appeared in the test, 6,432 were males whereas 14,857 were females. Last year 18,263 candidates had appeared with 5,981 males and 12,282 females.

These candidates would compete for 2,479 seats, including 2,263 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 11 medical and three dental colleges in the public sector. Besides, there would be 1150 MBBS seats in 12 medical colleges and 400 BDS seats in eight dental colleges in private sector. The nation

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Name: yasir saleem
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"can anybody tell me please when annoucment of entry test result and whai is name of web site thanks "
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"as we see that girls are more in number than boys who appeared in entry test. keeping in view that most of the girls after finishing their m.b.b.s get married and could not continue their practice in medicine... or far the most they become gyenacologist. so it is suspected that after few years there will be shortage of male doctors, as most of the seats are get by females who did not continue their practice after graduation. so the government should impliment some rule for this and there should be 70 percent reservation for boys and 30 percent for girls."
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"if guys would be alloted 70 percent seats than mostly intelligent girls would not b able to get adm who can practise afterwards even if are more hardworking than guys.n overall its not most suitable profession for guys.other thing this year some real effort was put in ."
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Delay in salary structure revision irks vice-chancellors
Lahore: The delay on part of the Punjab government in rationalising salaries of vice-chancellors of public sector universities of the province has greatly irked stakeholders.

They are critical of the provincial bureaucracy, saying why the Punjab government had failed to revise the salary structure of VCs as recommended by the Higher Education Commission when the commission's recommendation was adopted by the Sindh government in December 2008.

The HEC in its meeting held in August 2008 had recommended the minimum pay package of Rs 270,000 for VCs of public sector universities of the country. The package was Rs 180,000 as salary, Rs 75,000 as house rent and Rs 15,000 as utilities allowance. The new pay package was recommended to rationalise the pay packages of VCs. According to the sources, the VCs of universities of the province were drawing a monthly salary of around Rs 111,000 whereas the pay package of a professor working on tenure track was over Rs 150,000 per month. In May 2007, then chancellor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool approved a monthly salary of Rs 105,950 for VCs of various public universities in the light of Management Position-II (MP-II) Scale. Vice-chancellors were also given a chauffeur driven car (1300cc) for official and private use with 270 litres of petrol on a monthly basis. VCs of various universities seeking anonymity said their pays were lower than pays of university teachers working under the tenure track system.

They said the HEC had recommended the new salary structure for the VCs under MP-I as it realised the glaring difference between the salaries of VCs and teachers working under the tenure track system. It was strange the provincial government was reluctant to adopt it, they remarked. "The new structure has been adopted by the Sindh government," said a VC adding "it seems the bureaucracy in Punjab does not want to remove an anomaly". He said the provincial bureaucracy had showed reluctance even when university teachers were given grade 21 by the regime of former president Pervaiz Musharraf.

"We are being ignored," said another VC adding "it seems the bureaucracy does not like us". He said the issue certainly needed immediate attention of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who had claimed he would restore the deteriorating status of teachers.

A senior official seeking anonymity said the department had prepared a summary in connection with revised terms and conditions of the VCs. The summary would soon be moved to the CM, he claimed adding the final approve would be given by the governor. The news


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More reforms needed to improve education standard
Lahore: The visiting top position holders SSC exam students of four Intermediate and Secondary Education Boards of Punjab expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who had appreciated their success beyond their expectations and assured similar extraordinary results in next examinations.

They expressed these views while addressing at a reception hosted in their honour on the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Pearl Continental Bhor Bun, Murree. Top position holders Abdul Manan 998 marks of Sargodha Board, Muhammad Hussain Asif 1009 marks of Faisalabad Board, Ali Murtaza 1013 marks of Lahore Board and Abdul Basit of Sargodha Board who got 1017 marks, highest marks among all the four boards while addressing on the occasion said that that one can never imagine such kind of reward of getting top positions in examinations which Chief Minister Punjab has extended to the students without any discrimination and we are lucky to have the status of state guest and VIP protocol during our recreation visit which is prerogative of the only foreign dignitaries' and head of states.

Toppers of SSC Exams giving feedback of the goodwill gestures of Chief Minister informed that there was great enthusiasm prevailed among the students who wants to honor in a similar was and they are working hard to get positions.

The coordinators from Bahawalpur, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sargodha Boards also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the policies formulated by the Punjab Government for extending educational facilities in both urban and rural areas of the Province and said that percentage of results were being improved with the keen interest of Chief Minister Punjab.

The Chief Coordinator of the visit of talented students Director General Protocol Punjab Asjad Ghani Tahir briefed students about the objective of their visit and said that Chief Minister Punjab has directed for excellent arrangements of the recreation visit at Patriata, Ayubia, Nathia Gali, Khanaspur and other resorts so that the young students who had shown their worth in exams could be facilitated and honored in a befitting manner. He also mentioned other education sector reforms initiated by Punjab Government to improve education standard in the Province. F.P Report


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