Flaws in Punjab medical entrance test

Students point out 'flaws' in entrance test
Lahore, July 21: Most A-level students who took the entrance test 2010-11 for admission to medical and dental colleges in Punjab on Tuesday pointed out 'flaws' in the test.

About 1,000 non-FSc students took entrance test at an examination centre at the University of Health Sciences here.

A number of students were of the view that some questions were out of course, while many others said calculator was required to solve some questions, but the management had not allowed its use.

A good number of students said some supervisors irritated them as they indulged in loud gossip at the centre.

Ali Ahmad of Rawalpindi said maximum time allocated for a question was 40 seconds, but at least three questions needed more than two minutes to solve.

Zuhaib Ahmad of Faisalabad said question no 91 created confusion because the options given against it did not match the question. The supervisors corrected the options after several students stood up at their seats and pointed out the error. He said at least two questions could not be answered without using a calculator.

Maryam Aslam of Raiwind expressed similar views about question no 91.

Hasnain Ali of Lahore's Cavalry Ground locality said some questions relating to physics and biology were not taken from the syllabus.

Muhammad Usman of Wah Cantonment said many students could not prepare themselves for the entrance test because it was conducted two months earlier. In the past, he said, the test for A-level students was being conducted by the end of September.

Naveed Iqbal of Rawalpindi was unhappy with the ban on the use of calculators, saying that at least two questions could not be solved without calculator's help.

Sara Shahid of Rawalpindi said at least five to seven questions were out of the syllabus.

Ali Shah from Islamabad said supervisors collected answer sheets 10 minutes before time.

Awaiz Ahmad and Sanid Rashid of Islamabad were angry at noisy supervisors. Ana Baloach of Rawalpindi said all questions were taken from the syllabus and the time given was sufficient.

Muhammad Usman Zia, a resident of Sadiqabad, said questions were not out of course at all.

As most examinees arrived here from cities like Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sialkot and Dera Ghazi Khan in heavy rain in the city, their parents and relatives were left with no option but to stand along the road in rain.

Traffic mess was seen from Bhekeywala Mor to New Campus Underpass because one side of the road was closed for traffic by the police as a security measure during the entrance test.

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Results being uploaded today
Lahore: The correct answer-key of the entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges will be released on Wednesday (today), UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Husain Mubashar said on Tuesday.

"Last year, the key carrying correct answers was released a few hours after the test, but it had caused some problems for the UHS management and students as well," he said.

The UHS on Tuesday conducted entrance test for admission to medical and dental institutions of the province simultaneously at 23 centres (in 12 cities) amid tight security.

Prof Malik said the examination material had started reaching the UHS office from other cities of the province. The UHS administration, he said, had paid remunerations to the 2,750 supervisors and other staff who discharged duties at the centres. Each supervisor and staffer was paid Rs1,500 each.

He said the UHS received no serious complaint from any centre where 31,602 candidates had appeared for entrance test. He said 70 CCTVs were installed at the three examination centres in Lahore to monitor the entrance test. Around 300 gadgets were installed at the other centres.

He said mobile phone jammers and security walkthrough gates were also installed at the examination centres with special arrangements for disabled students.

Lahore Commissioner Khusro Pervez Khan, Aftab Habib, member Chief Minister's Inspection Team, and other senior officials visited the examination centres.

Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad, who also visited the Lahore examination centres, expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements to conduct the entrance test. He told the media that the UHS ensured that there's no possibility of cheating or any other negative activity at the examination centres.

The three centres in Lahore were: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls on Lawrence Road, University of Engineering & Technology and the UHS. In all 11,094 candidates – 7,319 female and 3,775 male – sat the examination.

In Rawalpindi, the number of candidates who appeared in the test was 4,502, Multan (4,212), Faisalabad (2,984), Gujranwala (2,139), Bahawalpur (1,240), Sargodha (938), Sahiwal (1,080), Gujrat (841), DG Khan (872), Rahim Yar Khan (889) and Hasanabdaal (719).

Talking to the media, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Mubashar said highly scientific and sophisticated method had been adopted to maintain secrecy and transparency of the examination papers and whole process. He said admissions to medical colleges would be made on merit.

He said medical college admission test was compulsory across the world, both in developed and developing countries. Neighbouring countries such as Iran, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka conducted entrance test every year, he added.

The chief minister had appointed divisional commissioners and senior government officials as regional coordinators and monitoring officers to ensure transparency in the examinations.

A press release added the candidates would compete for 3,361 seats – 3,145 MBBS and 216 BDS -- in 15 medical institutions. They include four newly-established colleges in Gujranwala, Sialkot, DG Khan and Sahiwal and three dental colleges in public sector.

Besides, there would be 1,200 MBBS seats in 12 medical colleges and 400 BDS seats in eight dental colleges in private sector.

The UHS will upload the answer keys of question papers on its website. Dawn

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Candidates defy rain to appear in medical entrance test
Lahore: Defying heavy rains lashing the city in the morning, thousands of candidates appeared in the entrance test of medical and dental colleges of Punjab, which was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday.

According to an UHS spokesman, 31,602 candidates appeared in the entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges of Punjab simultaneously at 23 centres in 12 cities of the province. The test started at 9am and concluded at 11:30am in a peaceful manner despite heavy rain in many cities of Punjab, including Lahore. The candidates had been directed to reach the test centres at 8:15am and after that, all the centres had been sealed. The candidates termed the arrangements made by the UHS and the Punjab government 'satisfactory'. "The arrangements are better than last year," said Salman Aslam, who appeared in the test at University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore centre.

Shazia Sarfraz, a candidate appearing at the Lawrence Road centre, said that the examination staff was very cooperative and the arrangements were good. She said that all the questions of the test were according to the syllabus. Three centres had been established for the entrance test, which were located at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lawrence Road, UET and the UHS. 4502 candidates appeared at the first centre, 5617 at the second and 975 at the third. Out of the total 11,094 candidates appearing in the test, 7,319 were female and 3775 male. In Rawalpindi, 4,502 candidates appeared in the test, Multan 4,212, Faisalabad 2,984, Gujranwala 2,139, Bahawalpur 1,240, Sargodha 938, Sahiwal 1,080, Gujrat 841, DG Khan 872, Rahim Yar Khan 889 and 719 candidates appeared in Hassan Abdal. Foolproof security arrangements had been made for the entrance test with a large number of security personnel and bomb disposal squad officials present at the centres to avoid any untoward incident. CCTV cameras, cellular phone jammers and walk-through gates were installed at every centre while generators were also provided to facilitate the candidates. There are 3,145 MBBS seats and 216 BDS seats in government-run medical and dental colleges while 1,200 MBBS seats and 400 BDS seats are up for grabs in the private medical and dental colleges of Punjab. Daily times

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UVAS position
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) has bagged third position in Lahore out of 14 public and private universities and degree-awarding institutions for producing 101 research papers in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomas-Reuters, lSI Web of Knowledge in 2009.

The UVAS, being a young university, has attained 12th position in the ranking among 82 public and private universities across the country. The university produced 101 research papers as against 26 research publications during 2008. In 2007, UVAS research publications had stood at 11.

According to a UVAS spokesman, the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, has been placed on the sixth position with 52 publications in Lahore while the Lahore University of Management Sciences secured seventh position. /p>

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Tevta revises courses to meet industry demands
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has revised the course contents of three technologies of Diploma in Associate Engineers (DAE) and 17 courses of vocational training in line with the market trends and demands of local industry.

Authority chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi said this while briefing United States Consul General in Lahore Carmela Conroy and USAID officer in-charge in Punjab Julie A. Koenen at Tevta secretariat on Tuesday. Tevta members and Tevtec directors were also present.

According to a news release, Alvi said a process had been initiated for revision of course contents of 38 technologies of DAE and 101 courses of vocational training to improve the workmanship of Tevta graduates according to the need of the local industry.In line with the policy guidelines of the Punjab government, he said, Tevta had developed an elaborate roadmap in consultation with the private sector.

He said that Tevta had sought collaboration with foreign donor agencies like JICA, UNIDO, GTZ, DFID, Unesco to modernise authority's institutes for training manpower according to the requirement of local employers and global needs.

"We are also hopeful to work with USAID in Pakistan for training of our people in different fields of agriculture and allied areas," he said and added that Tevta was actively working with Unesco for curriculum development and planning cooperation to modernise curricula. He said availability of skilled manpower was not only a key to success for industrial development in Pakistan but also for individual socio-economic prosperity and poverty alleviation in society.

Alvi said that Tevta was also negotiating with the British Council for international collaboration and accreditation of its courses with different United Kingdom universities and colleges. He said the course contents of DAE in leather technology would also be revised and upgraded in consultation with the UK's University of Northampton.

He said a centre of excellence in mechanical and architectural technology would also be established at Government College of Technology, Railway Road, Lahore. Dawn

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Regularisation of 162 teachers ordered
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered the Higher Education Department to regularize 162 lecturers and senior school teachers (SST) within a month in the light of the Supreme Courtís order.

The bench comprising, Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and Justice Ch Muhammad Tariq, passed the order on a petition filed by Ramiza and others.

The petitioners through their counsel pleaded that the SC had passed an order to regularize 89 lecturers and SSTs.

After the SC order, they had applied in their departments for regularization but to no avail.

They said that, in response to their petition, the LHC had ordered the authorities concerned to regularize the petitioners as well. They pointed out that, instead of regularizing them, the Higher Education Department had issued interview letters to them.

They argued that they were being subjected to discrimination as their fellow employees were regularized without interviews in the light of the SC decision.

They said the department officials were harassing them for initiate legal proceedings against the department. They requested the court to order the department to regularize them without interviews. The news

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