UHS entry test result | World Literacy Day
UHS announces entry test result
Lahore, Sep 13: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Sunday announced the result of
the entrance test 2014 for admission to medical and dental colleges of
According to a UHS spokesperson, a total of 44,243
candidates took the entrance test on August 31, out of which 19,231
scored 60 percent and above marks. All three positions were bagged by
girls. Ayesha Akhter d/o Muhamad Akhter from Faisalabad got first
position securing 1076/1100 marks whereas Sana Shahid d/o Muhammad
Shahid of Lahore and Marium Rafiq d/o Rafiq Ahmed of Sahiwal bagged
second and third position by securing 1072 and 1070 marks respectively.
Over 6,377 scored 50 to 59 percent whereas 6,395 candidates secured 40
to 49 percent marks. A total of 12,240 candidates scored less than 40
percent marks. According to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's
regulations, the pass/fail criterion has been abolished for the medical
colleges' entrance test. The eligible candidates will compete for 3,405
MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 20 public sector medical and dental colleges
respectively. Admission forms for government medical and dental colleges
will be available from September 23 to October 2. All candidates who
have secured 82 per cent and above aggregate marks according to the
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council's formula will be eligible to apply
for admission on an open merit basis.
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Matric suppl exam postponed
Lahore: In the wake of flood in different parts of the province and heavy rains,
all the nine Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) of
Punjab have postponed Secondary School (Matriculation) Supplementary
Examinations 2014. The examination earlier scheduled to commence from
September 9 will now begin from September 20 across the province.
Revised roll number slips will be available online soon. The news
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World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Lahore: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking
among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost
unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on
government level on Monday.
The UNESCO proclaimed September 8 as
International Literacy Day on November 17, 1965 and the day was first
observed in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to
individuals, communities and societies. Each year, UNESCO reminds the
international community of the status of literacy and adult learning
According to a report issued by Alif Ailaan (a
non-government campaign to promote literacy), literacy rate in Pakistan
is 60 percent, which is lowest in South Asia. While the country goes
through a political crisis of transition, education once again takes a
back seat, falling low on the list of political priorities.
according to the definition of literacy used in Pakistan, a person who
can merely sign his or her name is considered to be literate. As such,
official literacy rate does not provide an accurate measure of reading
and writing ability among the population.
Equally distressing are the
figures of literacy among young people aged 15-24. Compared to other
countries in the region, Pakistan fares poorly with youth literacy at a
mere 70.7 percent. On the other hand, Maldives boasts an impressive 99.3
percent youth literacy, followed by Sri Lanka (98.2 percent), Nepal
(82.4 percent), India (81.1 percent), Bangladesh (78.7 percent) and
Bhutan (74.4 percent).
Currently, the net enrolment rate in primary
school is as low as 56 percent, meaning that nearly half of all
children, who should begin school, fail to do so. What is even more
shocking is that enrolment falls at subsequent levels of education, with
elementary school enrolment at 20 percent and secondary school
enrolment at just 12 percent. This means that a majority of even those
children, who are enrolled in school, fails to complete their education.
Ailaan Campaign Director Mosharraf Zaidi in a statement on the World
Literacy Day said that literacy was the ability to read and write, and
the way it was measured in Pakistan was "very, very limited."
there, we have one of the world's lowest literacy rates. Year after
year, we lament this fact. Yet our progress has been painfully slow. We
are shamelessly allowing illiteracy to continue in this country. Where
is the protest against this abomination?" he said.
He went on to say
that male literacy in Pakistan stands at 71 percent but female literacy
is shockingly low, at just 48 percent. "This gender disparity needs to
be addressed on an emergency footing," he stressed.
fabled demographic dividend will amount to very little if public policy
doesn't urgently begin to address the massive gap in quality education
for our children," Zaidi added.
He said that no amount of income
support or youth loans programmes could cover up the desperate lack of
confidence and capacity in our young people. "Pakistan owes its children
and youth a better deal than this," he added.
He said that with 25
million children out of school, the crisis continues to worsen, while it
is critically important to ensure that no Pakistani child remains out
of school, it is equally important to improve the quality of education
we offer in our schools. Without more effective teachers and better
learning outcomes, Pakistan would continue to produce 'literate'
individuals lacking the basic skills necessary to be productive
citizens, he asserted.
In connection with the World Literacy Day,
Excise, Taxation and Finance Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has
said that Rs 274 billion would be spent in Punjab on education sector
during the current fiscal year, which amount was 26.25 percent of the
total budget of the province. He maintained that the country of 190
million people, Pakistan has a vibrant economy; our growth rate is 7
percent; and our population rate is under 2 percent and this makes South
Asia as the only large economic area that shall not face a decline in
the number of people entering the labour force for the next 50 years,
whereas future is ours.
Mujtaba that the Punjab government has
recruited 75,000 educators last year and 80,000 more would be recruited
within a few months to accomplish the target of touching 100% literacy
rate in the province.
He commended the vision of Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif for launching distribution schemes of free laptops and
solar lamps to appreciate brilliant students. "This will also help
reduce dropout rate in schools of far-flung areas of the province," he
He further revealed that the United Kingdom's Department for
International Development (DFID) has given assent to provide a grant in
aid to the tune of Rs 351 million to construct 15,000 additional
classrooms and one additional classroom for each public sector school
having deficient facilities.
With regard to the World Literacy Day,
the Punjab Literacy and Non-formal Basic Education Department has,
however, scheduled a ceremony today (Tuesday) where Education and Law
Minister Rana Mashood will be the chief guest. Daily times
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Govt fails to ensure uniformity in admission
Lahore: The Punjab government seems helpless in controlling the unbridled working
of private sector colleges and universities just like its failure to
regulate the affairs of private schools in the absence of any regulatory
authority over the years.
This helplessness is evident
from the ongoing admission offers by private colleges across the
province. At a time when all the nine boards of intermediate and
secondary education (BISEs) have yet to declare the results of
Intermediate Annual Examinations 2014, some private colleges have
already completed admissions for undergraduate programmes and asking
students to deposit dues. The boards across Punjab will declare the
results on September 12.
Though stakeholders are also
concerned about holding of entry tests for admissions to medical and
engineering institutes prior to declaration of intermediate results by
the BISEs yet they find the same 'tolerable' in the wake of massive
exercise behind these admissions through entry test system.
is pertinent to mention that some private colleges and universities
have already completed their admissions for undergraduate programmes and
the students granted "provisional" admissions, since they are awaiting
their results, have been directed to deposit tuition fee, admission
charges and others at the earliest.
On the other hand,
public sector colleges and universities have been waiting for the
declaration of results to start the undergraduate admissions.
the past, both private and public colleges and universities used to
start admission process after declaration of the results by the BISEs.
However for the last few years, the private institutes started offering
admissions to students on provisional basis leaving little options for
the students, who failed to secure admissions in government-run
institutions, but to apply.
A citizen, Syed Hamadullah
Sohail Advocate, said it was unfortunate that the government failed to
ensure a uniform admission policy. He said his son, though awaiting
intermediate result, had secured admission at a private college despite
the fact that results had not been announced so far.
to him, this situation is quite perplexed for his son and hundreds of
other students like him as the private colleges have been demanding
submission of fees and admission charges. He suggested that even if the
private institutions completed admission process they should be directed
by the government not to collect fees until the results were declared.
citizen Atif Mahmood said there was great confusion among students as
they did not have many options. He was of the view that once the
students submitted fees and other charges but could not pass the
intermediate exams the situation would become more complex as they had
to make "useless" efforts for the refund. "Ideally all the colleges
should announce admissions only after the declaration of results", he
said, adding, "In such a scenario the students will be in a better
position to select the institutions of their choice keeping in view
affordability issues as well." Academic circles believe that since for
the past many years all the nine BISEs in Punjab announce the results
simultaneously so it is also doable for the government to ensure
uniformity in admission process.
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LCWU abolishes test for MPhil
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore has waived GAT of for
admissions in MS/MPhil programmes at the varsity. A spokesperson of the
LCWU said on Sunday, the LCWU would conduct its own entrance test and
interviews. The university has started admission in MS/MPhil and PhD
programmes for the academic and the admissions forms are available from
the campus and will be received from September 8 to September 12.
the spokesperson said admission prospectus were available in the campus
for 41 BS disciplines for which admissions forms would be received
after the declaration of results of Intermediate Annual Examination 2014
by education boards in Punjab.
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Govt schools to get 23,000 new classrooms
Lahore: Planning and Budget Deputy Secretary at the School Education Department Qaiser
Rasheed has said that 23,000 new classrooms will be constructed in
public schools of 16 districts of Punjab during the next three years.
at an event related to upcoming survey of Annual Status of Education
Report (ASER) on Saturday, he said DFID would provide a funding of £105
million for the purpose. ASER Director Programmes Baela Raza Jamil and
other educationists were also present on the occasion.
Rasheed also said the Punjab government was opening 500 schools on
public private partnership in 24 districts, adding that 21,000
schoolteachers would also be recruited to meet the shortage of teachers
at government schools.
Baela Raza said ASER 2014 survey
would be conducted by specifically trained 10,000 volunteers covering
145 rural and 22 urban districts in Pakistan. She said it was the
largest citizen-led household-based initiative that aimed to fill a gap
in the learning outcomes and provide reliable estimates on the schooling
status of children aged 5-16 years residing in the rural districts of
She said since 2008, ASER findings were
influencing education sector planning in the post-18th Amendment phase
and also being referenced for policies, planning, strategies and the
legislation on the right to education and learning as per Article 25 A.
results: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has announced
the results of Combined Entrance Test for Admission in Engineering
Institutions of Punjab for BSc Engineering and BS Technology.
to details, the result of Combined Entrance Test is available on web
link http://admission.uet.edu.pk. UET spokesperson said the prospectus,
however, will be available after the announcement of FSc result by the
examination boards. The news
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