32,000 to appear for entrance test
Lahore, July 06: Passing entrance test to be held on July 20 for admission to any public or private sector medical or dental college of the province is mandatory, said University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar.
Addressing an orientation seminar on medical entrance test here at Al-Hamra Arts Council, he said that the minimum required percentage of marks for passing the entrance test had been increased from 40 per cent (last year) to 60 per cent this year, said a press release here on Monday. He added that UHS had issued roll numbers to more than 32,000 eligible candidates and advised them to reach their respective centres at least one hour before the start of the test on 20th.
About 3,000 students and their parents attended the seminar. Earlier he said, "All centres will be sealed on 8:15 am and nobody would be allowed to enter the examination hall after that".The UHS VC further said that each candidate would be given a sealed test pack containing bar coded question paper and answer sheet (response form), which would be opened at 9 am.
"Entrance test question paper contains 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), each carrying 5 marks. Total time allowed for the test is two and a half hours. There will be four sections in the question paper i.e. Biology (70 MCQs), Chemistry (60 MCQs), Physics (60 MCQs) and English (30 MCQs). The candidate will answer the test by filling the circles on the answer sheet. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for a single question would be considered as a wrong answer", he explained.
He also warned that there would be negative marking in the test. For each wrong answer one mark would be deducted from the total score.Prof Mubbashar advised candidates not to bring any calculator, cell phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. "Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ball point pens with them and not any markers or pencils", he added.
Students were informed that there would be two separate tests on the same day for FSc and non-FSc candidates. These tests would be prepared from their respective books and syllabi which are also available on UHS website www.uhs.edu.pk.
Prof Mubbashar further said that UHS would continue with the "Self Scoring system introduced by the University last year. The university would upload the answer keys of question paper on its website as soon as possible after the test.
The candidates would be able to calculate their scores with the help of a carbon copy of their response form which they would retain after the test" he stated.Prof Mubbashar said that it was the Punjab government's decision to take the test free of cost and to hold the entrance test earlier in July this year as it would provide an opportunity to students to relax after their higher secondary examination while they were waiting for their admissions to medical and dental colleges and also it would save them from clutches of academy mafia, he claimed.Your Comments
Entrance test - whose baby?
Lahore: Much to the embarrassment of the Treasury, two cabinet members, having no knowledge of their respective departments, kept passing the buck to each other while responding to a questioner over the entrance test for admission to medical colleges.
The situation got interesting on the first day of the Punjab Assembly session on Monday when two cabinet members, namely Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Malik Nadim Kamran, kept pointing the finger at each other after Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan asked the minister concernedto answer a question put by MPA Mian Naseer Ahmed. Mian Naseer, a PML-N MPA from Lahore, during a point of order, raised the issue regarding the timing of entrance test for medical colleges. He asked the minister concerned to clarify as to why the entrance test for medical colleges was conducted in the month of July, one month before the declaration of the FSc result. He raised the question why a student who had not passed the intermediate exams was asked to appear in the entrance test.
At the time when the MPA raised this question, four ministers, namely Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Auqaf Minister Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi and Zakat and Ushar Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran were present in the house.
Mian Naseer did not receive any answer from the cabinet members who were unaware of their respective departments. After finding no answer to his query, he was silently going out of the House when the Speaker stopped him, asking him to wait till the minister concerned gave answer to his question.
During this hour, a chit was sent to the Malik Nadeem Kamran, who also held the portfolio of Health, and he was told that the said question fell in his domain and he should answer the question. After some time, the Speaker, while addressing the ministers, asked the cabinet member concerned to answer the question raised by the MPA. However, the Speaker soon lost his temper after he found two ministers, including Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Malik Nadim Kamran, pointing fingers at each other while disassociating themselves from the said question. The Speaker, on the occasion, reprimanded the ministers and asked 'who is answerable for this question.'
However, it was Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, the education minister, who stood up and clarified that the said question was related to the Health department which belonged to Mr Malik Nadeem Kamran.
Earlier, the members of the House, in their respective speeches, kept condemning the gory incident at Data Darbar Complex and demanded stern and joint measures to curb terrorism. Opposition Leader Ch Zaheer demanded resignations from the government and ministers for their failure to protect Data Darbar. He claimed that the Darbar carnage was even greater than 9/11 and the rulers, moving in bullet-proof vehicles, should also provide protection to the citizens. He deplored that the City had been left at the mercy of task forces and the terrorists were hitting our 1,000 year old culture and civilisation.
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Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) committee – set up by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran to verify the degrees of parliamentarians – has cleared the bachelors degree of Member of National Assembly (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Daily Times learnt on Monday. According to sources, the parliamentarian was a student of the Government College (GCU) Lahore and the data collected by the PU showed that the bachelors degree submitted by Hamza to contest elections was genuine. However, PU Director Public Relation Khawaja Tahir Jamil denied that the MNA's degree had been cleared, saying that the varsity did not officially announce any such development because the verification process is meant to be secretive. Daily times
PU established computer lab
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