Sindh medical colleges admissions tests

Sindh government medical colleges admissions tests
Karachi, Nov 1: Entry tests for admission to government-run medical colleges across the province will be held on Sunday simultaneously in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana. The two-hour test will start at 11am. PPI

High security at exam centres
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Health, Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, has directed the Health Department and all the Medical Universities to ensure foolproof security arrangements at all the entry test centres scheduled on today, so as to avoid any untoward incident.

He further directed for making adequate arrangements to ensure transparency in entry test for 1500 medical seats throughout the province. Candidates at centres should be provided all relevant facilities so that they could concentrate on their paper, he further directed.

He also advised the candidates to avoid of unfair means, as they would be dispelled from the centre in case of cheating or misuse of test-related matter. He further directed that the results of the test should be posted on the website of NTS as soon as possible.

The minister also ordered the department and Universities to prepare the merit list without any delay after announcement of entry test results. The nation

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Monthly stipend of DUHS trainee doctors
Karachi: Following a day of protest by doctors, the administration of the Dow University of Health Science (DUHS) on Saturday announced that it would add an amount of Rs10,000 to the monthly stipend of Rs12,000 currently being paid to postgraduate trainee doctors of Civil Hospital Karachi and Lyari General Hospital and the trainee doctors would receive the new honorarium of Rs22,000 on Dec 1 onwards.

About 300 postgraduate trainee doctors had staged a protest demonstration against the university administration and the Sindh government on Friday.

They said that they had been assured by the Sindh health minister and the Sindh governor in an announcement made in August, 2009, that postgraduate trainee doctors across Sindh would be paid a monthly honorarium of Rs22,000, instead of the Rs12,000 which they were being paid currently. However, the pledge was not honoured, they said.

The doctors had also warned that they would continue the boycott of their assignments if their demands were not met.

The vice chancellor of the DUHS, Prof Masood Hameed Khan, and Prof Inkesar Ali, chairperson of the postgrdauate studies department held an urgent meeting with trainee doctors on Saturday to resolve the matter.

The VC told the doctors that the governor of Sindh, who is the chancellor of all the public sector universities in the province, had announced to increase the stipend of FCPS-II postgrdauate trainees of the entire province and following that the provincial health department and the finance department had been pursuing the issue, accordingly.

The trainee doctors were informed that the matter was in progress for obtaining necessary financial sanctions from higher authorities and there was no justification in disrupting services or observing a strike at the DUHS affiliated hospitals.

However, as an interim arrangement the administration agreed that it would pay the difference in amount between the new and the old honorariums from its own funds till the time the finances for payment to the trainees were not made available to them from the Sindh government.

According to a university handout, pending clearance from the finance department, Prof Khan said that the DUHS would pay the stipend of Rs22,000, which would be effective from November 1.

However, some of the trainee doctors claimed that they deserved the monthly payment of Rs22,000 from the month of July 2009 onwards. Dawn


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