All set for Punjab medical entrance test

All set for entrance test tomorrow
Lahore, July 19: The University of Health Sciences Lahore has finalised the arrangements of entrance test for the admission in medical and dental colleges of the Punjab. This test will be held on July 20 (Tuesday) at 9:00am in 12 cities of the province simultaneously.

Vice Chancellor UHS Lahore Prof. Dr. Hussain Mubashir Malik told the media that 25 centers had been established for entrance test where 32,000 candidates would participate in the test. He advised the candidates to reach their relevant center up to 8:15am, as the entry would be banned after 8:15am in the center. He further said the students should wear ID card issued by the University of Health Sciences for this purpose. Without ID card, no candidate will be allowed to sit in the examination hall, he added. He said that strict security arrangements would be made for the safety of the people.

Prof. Hussain Mubashir Malik informed the media that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had exempted the entrance fee and the Punjab government would bear all expenditures of about Rs. 50 millions. He further informed the media that arrangements for drinking water, first aid and ambulance had also been made in all the centers.

Moreover, comfortable sitting arrangements, drinking water and washroom facility have also been provided for the parents of the students. Three examination centers have been established in Lahore, one at UHS, 2nd at University of Engineer and Technology and the 3rd at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lawrence Road Lahore, he added.

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Traffic plan for entry test of medical colleges
Rawalpindi: The City Traffic Police has issued a traffic plan for the convenience of candidates appearing in the entry test for medical colleges to be held at different places today (Monday).

According Chief Traffic Police Officer Dr. Akhtar Abbas, the traffic would remain closed on 6th Road between first and second roundabout due to the entry test to be held at Siddeeq Public School and Ideal Education System.

The candidates would park their vehicles on roads adjacent to the 6th Road. These vehicles would turn to 7th Road and the road near Suzuki Showroom and park in front of Masjid Ziaul Uloom for parking on reaching the first roundabout after entering from Benazir Bhutto Road.

The vehicles of candidates appearing in the entry test at Government College for Women, Satellite Town, would enter the 6th Road from Commercial Market via second roundabout and park their vehicles on both sides of the road between Siddiqui Chowk and this roundabout.

The candidates appearing in then test at Government College for Boys, Satellite Town, would enter the college from the gate while coming from Commercial Market and would part vehicles in the ground of the college.

He said that six traffic inspectors would perform their duties at the venues along with other officials under the supervision of DSP Traffic City who would be assisted by DSP Traffic Cantonment.

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Four centres set up
Rawalpindi: Four centres have been set up in Rawalpindi for the entry tests of admissions in various medical colleges of Punjab to be held today (Tuesday).

These centres have been established at Siddique Public School, Ideal Education School System, Government Post Graduate College for Women and Government Degree College for Boys.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Zahid Saeed said that concerned authorities have been directed to ensure foolproof security measures of entry tests for medical colleges.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Zahid Saeed, in a statement, said that no candidate would be allowed to have mobile phones, calculator in the examination centres. He said that despite candidates having roll number slip, no other person would be allowed to enter the centre. The entry tests for getting admission in various medical colleges of Punjab would be held simultaneously at 36 centres across the province including Rawalpindi on July 20.

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UET registration entry test delayed
Rawalpindi: The registration for the entry test to be conducted by the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore at Siddeeq Public School, Rawalpindi, today (Tuesday) has been suspended from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., says a press release issued here on Sunday. The registration process has been suspended due to entry test being conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) for medical colleges. The news

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PMDC official spells out admission criteria
Lahore: No candidate can be admitted to any medical or dental institution in the country without an entrance test or SAT score of 550 marks and the order of merit determined by the test will form the basis for admission, says an official of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.

The official said the PMDC had laid down the conditions for admission to the MBBS or BDS course at its last (116th) meeting. He has now reminded the students of the admission criteria to avoid any confusion.

Quoting the PMDC notification which had recently been issued, the official said no private institution could admit students before Oct 31 each year or the declaration of the provincial entrance test, which ever comes first.

No medical and dental institution training for MBBS or BDS in the private sector should charge fee more than Rs500,000 per annum from each student. This fee should exclude university fees, taxes, hostels and transport charges besides the one-time admission fee.

"In case a student wishes to leave the institution and does not join classes, there should be a 100 per cent refund of all deposited fee, except for the one-time admission fee. If the student wishes to leave the institution within one month, there should be 50 per cent refund of all deposited fee and if the student leaves the institution after one month of joining classes then there should be 25 per cent refund.

"Any monetary demand of any other charge or donation on any other pretext other than the annual fee as laid down in regulation 3 or any other non-compliance of these regulations if reported should be considered a major violation and should make the institution liable for action under Section 22 of the PMDC Ordinance 1962," said the official.

About foreign students, he said, the students who are residing abroad or who have achieved their qualifications required for the entrance test from abroad should be eligible to appear in the test if they have passed three science subjects, including biology and chemistry.

All admissions for both public and private institutes must be completed by Nov 30 each year and submitted to the PMDC otherwise it would be considered a violation of its rules, the official said. Dawn

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COMSATS to launch dual degree programme
Islamabad: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is launching a dual degree programme (DDP) at its Islamabad Campus on July 22.

CIIT in collaboration with Lancaster University (LU), one of the top ten universities in UK carries a lot of significance since it is a kind of programme being introduced in Pakistan for the very first time by the two top-ranked institutions.

An official of COMSTAS said that the DDP provided an alternative path to a foreign degree at highly reduced cost and without physical displacement.

"Initially the DDP is being launched from Fall 2010 in the disciplines of Management Sciences, Computer Science and Electrical (Telecom) Engineering. Daily times

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