Girls secure 67pc seats in medical colleges
Lahore, Nov 30: The merit list for admission to medical and dental colleges of Punjab for session 2010-11, issued by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday, gives a lot of food for thought for the government as 67.40 percent seats are secured by the female students.
The merit list revealed that a total of 1,916 (67.40 percent) female candidates had secured open merit seats in 18 public sector medical and dental colleges of Punjab for the session 2010-11 while on the other hand, the male students could only secure 926 seats (32.60 percent) of the total number of seats in the province.
There is one public sector Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, and one in private sector University Medical College, Faisalabad, which are exclusively reserved for female students whereas the rest of the public and private medical/dental institutions in Punjab are offering co-education. However, there is not a single medical/dental college in public or private sector exclusively reserved for admissions of male candidates in Punjab, which is dubbed as gender discrimination of the reverse order.
Medical professionals are extremely worried about the emerging scenario, which has threatened the very existence of health sector as majority of female doctors either quit profession after their marriage or join only certain specialties such as gynaecology, dermatology and paediatrics, and they never prefer to perform their duties in remote areas whereas male doctors, which are being produced in very short numbers, are leaving abroad for lack of proper service and salary structure in the country. Therefore, they suggest establishing more medical/dental colleges exclusively for male students to produce male doctors to cater to the ever-growing need of medical professionals in all specialties of medical and surgical specialties in the province. The government should either file a review petition in the court to give more weight to male candidates in admissions to public medical/dental colleges in the province. Besides, they suggest that the female candidates should be "forced" to practice in medical and dental fields.
Earlier, speaking at a press conference here at university premises, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar announced that the last merit for MBBS was set at 81.7727 and for BDS at 81.6273 percent in public sector medical/dental colleges in the province. He said that a total of 7,303 applications were received, from 1st to 7th November, from all those candidates, who had scored 75 percent or above aggregate marks, calculated by adding 70 percent of their FSc or equivalent marks and 30 percent of their entrance test score. These candidates competed for 2,842 MBBS and 175 BDS seats in public sector medical and dental colleges of the Punjab on an open merit basis. Besides, 60 candidates applied for 20 seats reserved for the disabled and 660 applied against 61 seats reserved for six under-developed districts of the Punjab, namely Muzzafargarh, Rajanpur, Lodhran, Bhakkar, Layyah and D.G. Khan, he added.
Prof Mubbashar further said the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Lahore remained the top choice of the candidates with merit for the college closing at 87.2091 percent, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) Lahore remained at the second position with last merit of 85.4727 percent. The last merit of the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Lahore was 84.0909 percent, Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJCM) Lahore 83.9182 percent, Nishtar Medical College (NMC) Multan 83.6273 percent, Punjab Medical College (PMC) Faisalabad 83.1091 percent, Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Rawalpindi 83.0182 percent, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QMC) Bahawalpur 82.5909 percent, Sargodha Medical College (SMC) Sargodha 82.4909 percent, Nawaz Sharif Medical College (NSMC) Gujrat 82.3182 percent, Sheikh Zayed Medical College (SZMC) Rahimyar Khan 82.1636 percent, de'Montmorancy College of Dentistry (DCD) Lahore 81.7636 percent, Nishtar Institute of Dentistry (NID) Multan 81.6727 percent and that of Dental Section, Punjab Medical College (DSPMC) Faisalabad remained at 81.6273 percent.
The UHS VC maintained that four newly established medical colleges in Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Sialkot and D.G. Khan got overwhelming response from the public as a number of candidates opted for admission to these colleges. He said that last merit for Sahiwal Medical College was 81.9545 percent, for D.G. Khan Medical College 81.7727 percent, Sialkot Medical College 81.8364 percent and for Gujranwala Medical College the last merit remained at 82.0545 percent.
To a question about private medical/dental colleges conducting admissions before display of first merit list for public sector medical/dental colleges in Punjab, he said the private medical colleges were not allowed to conduct admissions before the display of merit list for public medical colleges, adding that the UHS would disaffiliate those private medical colleges, which had conducted admissions before public sector medical colleges in the province.
"The UHS will take stern action on any complaint in this regard and private institutions, if acknowledged dues from students, will have to return their money or face disaffiliation," he said, adding that the UHS would also not register candidates, with less than 60 percent marks, of the private medical/dental colleges in the province.
Prof Mubbashar further said that a total of 364 applicants claimed to be Muslim Hafiz-e-Quran and a structured test was conducted of all such claimants by a board consisting of 07 eminent Huffaz-e-Quran. The test went on for 06 days and it was video graphed to maintain transparency and as a result of the test, 142 candidates were declared Huffaz-e-Quran and awarded 20 marks each which were added to their FSc score for the final calculation of merit.
"It is extremely sad state that people tell a lie even in claiming to be Hafiz-e-Quran to secure admissions to medical colleges," he said and added that additional 20 marks, allocated to Hafiz-e-Quran, eventually made a huge difference of 1.4 percent in determining the merit for admissions to medical colleges.
Similarly, the UHS VC added, three committees, each consisting of five senior medical professors examined 60 candidates who claimed to be disabled for 03 days in order to verify their disabilities. The committee for verification of physical disabilities was headed by Prof. Faisal Masood, the committee for visual disability by Prof. Muhammad Tayyab and committee for hearing impairments was headed by Prof. Muhammad Mujeeb. The committee declared 31 candidates to be disabled and the last merit for admission against seats reserved for the disabled remained at 67.2818 percent, he informed.
As for seats reserved for underdeveloped districts, Prof Mubbashar stated that a total of 234 candidates had applied for 10 seats reserved for Muzzafargarh district, the last merit was 83.7545 percent; for Layyah 124 candidates applied, last merit was 83.4455 percent; for 09 seats of Lodhran district 39 applied and the merit was 80.1364 percent; 47 candidates applied for Bhakkar district with last candidate admitted at the score of 80.5000 percent; 56 candidates had applied for Rajanpur district, the merit was 82.7364 percent for city and 63.0182 percent for tribal area; and for 13 seats of D.G. Khan 160 candidates had applied with last merit was 84.4818 percent for city area and 80.8273 percent for tribal area seats.
Prof. Mubbashar said the documents and certificates of all the candidates who were being admitted or who were likely to be admitted were verified by the university from their respective boards and district authorities. The UHS had sent its own team in each board for the verification of certificates. He said the candidates who had applied for admission against seats reserved for underdeveloped districts were required to submit certificates, issued by the heads of the institutions from which he/she completed his/her primary, secondary and higher secondary education, duly verified by the EDO (Education) and DCO of the respective district, with the application form.
The UHS VC claimed that last year, about 570 candidates were disqualified from admissions after their FSc certificates were found bogus. This year, he stated, only two candidates, namely Muhammad Aamir Raza s/o Zafar Ali from Faisalabad and Fahad Sarfraz s/o Muhammad Ashraf from Lahore had submitted forged FSc certificates with their applications. These candidates had been permanently disqualified for admission to medical colleges and their cases had been referred to the Anti-Corruption Unit for necessary action, he added.
Prof. Mubbashar said that the UHS had completed the admission process with utmost care and confidentiality under the principles of merit, justice, equity and transparency. He said the process and procedures of entrance test and admissions had been institutionalised by the university for generations to come.
"We have made standard operating procedures for each and every step. Syllabus for next year's entrance test is being published and it will be widely distributed among all stakeholders, including colleges, institutions, boards etc, so that students are aware of it well ahead of time," he concluded.Your Comments
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