Single entrance test after next exams
Lahore, Nov 12: There shall be a single entrance test next year for both FSc and Non-FSc candidates for admission to medical and dental institutions of Punjab, which shall be held soon after FSc examination in July.
This was said by University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar while addressing a press conference here on Thursday.
He said that decision of conducting single entrance test was made keeping in view the best international practices. "No where in the world there are more than one test or competitive exam, conducted by the same authority, for different schemes of education," he added.
The UHS VC claimed that new syllabus had been prepared by a task force of faculty teachers of FSc and Non-FSc schemes of education and finalised by the Admission Board for public sector medical and dental institutions, after consulting syllabi and books of different schemes of education, including FSc, A-Level and American 12th Grade. However, he said, there was nothing in the new syllabus which was out of approved course for any scheme of education. "The emphasis is on bio-medical sciences. Those topics and chapters which are not relevant to medical sciences have been excluded. The number of questions of biology has been doubled as compared to those of chemistry and physics," he explained.
Prof Mubbashar said that aptitude testing was being introduced from next year. He said it was imperative because success in a programme or career was usually determined by a collection of aptitudes.
"While you may be able to do anything you put your mind to, that doesn't mean you'll be able to do it well. We know instinctively people have different aptitudes or innate talents. The basic objective of aptitude testing is, therefore, to test candidates' attitude and values as a prerequisite for entry into medical profession," he added.
He said that aptitude testing would focus on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals. He said that aptitude test would consist of three subtests: (i) ethical, moral, professional and personality attributes, (ii) quantitative and abstract reasoning, and (iii) analytical reasoning and problem solving.
He maintained that for aptitude test preparation was neither necessary nor desirable. "The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement, therefore, the test does not draw on any particular body of knowledge nor curriculum, which a candidate can learn in advance," he said.
The UHS VC said the format, syllabus and model papers of Entrance Test 2011 had already been released on university website www.uhs.edu.pk, well before time, for the convenience of students. The newsYour Comments
BISE to change marking system
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore is going to change marking system of objective-type portion of 9th and 10th classes' examinations by separating it from other part(s) of question papers, it is learned.
As per information, separate computerised objective-type (paper) sheets will now be distributed in examination halls during written tests among candidates appearing in all upcoming examinations conducted under aegis of the BISE Lahore.
"The primary purpose behind introducing this new objective-type exam system is to improve skills of students and discourage traditional study methods being used at present by educational institutions," said Manzoorul Hassan, Controller Examination BISE.
He told this scribe that about 30 per cent of such objective-type exam system had been included in all written tests of the BISE examinations, which according to him earlier was a part of question paper(s). The administration now had decided to separate it from other portions of question paper, he maintained.
Manzoor clarified that it was a misconception that the BISE was going to include 9th class syllabus in final examinations. "No such move is in progress or under consideration. Only 10th class syllabus will be included in question paper(s), therefore, students need not to be worried about the syllabus," he said.
It may be mention here that a rumor caused chaos and panic among students of 10th class when they heard that the BISE had decided to include 9th class syllabus in final matriculation examination that worried students because they only had been focusing on syllabus approved by the BISE for final part of matric exam.
BS (Hons) gets wide acceptance
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education department's ambitious 4-year BS (Hons) programme has gained momentum with its wide acceptance among the students, learnt on Thursday.
Over 15,000 students have secured admissions in 25 different disciplines of science, arts, commerce and IT. Almost all seats visualised by the authorities for each discipline to which the concerned universities granted affiliation, have been filled and the classes have started in full swing. The BS (Hons) programme was introduced in 26 colleges of the province, which also have been given administrative and financial autonomy to make their own decisions. This, however, does not mean that these colleges have been privatised or would be privatised at any later stage.
The course outline for BS (Hons) recommended by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for universities has also been applied in the autonomous colleges. The universities have not simply granted affiliation but they have involved themselves in guiding and giving training to the college teachers in semester-based tutorial practices and also in the examinations.
The amazing thing for the students who secured admission was the nominal tuition fee as there was no increase in the fee whatsoever in any college while this programme in public sector universities costs over Rs 44,000 per year and in private chartered universities over Rs 50,000 per semester.
Besides students, the parents also showed keen interest in the programme. Those who failed to get admission in any job-oriented discipline in engineering universities, medical and commerce colleges for higher studies have found an opportunity do BS (Hons) in relevant subjects. It is equally job-oriented and students are happy after securing admission in BS (Hons), which is equivalent to MA and MSc. The students will be imbibed with quality education and professionalism enabling them to compete in the job market at home and abroad effectively. The nation
PU clarifies news
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) spokesman has contradicted a news item published, alleging revival of Old PhD Scheme to accommodate PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar.
While clarifying the correct position, the spokesman said the Old PhD Scheme was approved by the Academic Council as well as the university syndicate under which professionals, including lawyers, journalists and even politicians, could also be enrolled. Therefore, it is absolutely misleading to say that the Old PhD Scheme has been restored to accommodate any specific person. He said any person who got registered for PhD under this programme had to abide by the relevant university rules and fulfill the required academic conditions. He further said that the approval of Jahangir Badr's topic of PhD synopsis was purely on merit, as he completed all the needed requirements and proceedings of the PU Advance Studies and Research Board meeting held in August. The news
PU teachers demonstration
Lahore: The office-bearers of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA), led by its President Prof Dr Mehar Muhammad Saeed Akhtar, would stage a protest demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club at 12:30pm on Friday (today).
In a press statement, PUASA General Secretary Prof Javed Sami has stated that this protest is as an expression of solidarity with the academic staff of all government and private universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province who have gone on strike to protest against the kidnapping of Dr Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar, by Taliban.
Prof Javed Sami demanded of the government to undertake concrete measures for the earliest possible safe release of Dr Ajmal. He said the van carrying the office-bearers of PUASA would leave for the Lahore Press Club from the Institute of Education and Research New Campus at 11:45am on November 12.
Meanwhile, Prof Javed Sami has vehemently condemned the alleged misbehavior of senior clerk Munir Ahmad Awan with the Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar and Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir within the varsity premises. He said PUASA would not tolerate such objectionable behavior with the senior faculty members in future.
PU VC to inaugurate one-day workshop
Lahore: Punjab University Research Office is organising on-day workshop today at 9:30 AM at the Institute of Quality & Technology Management entitled "Research Management".
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will inaugurate the workshop. Prof Dr Amir Ijaz, Director Research, will explain objectives of research office along with the latest status of research carried out by different faculties of varsity as well as future planning of the research office.
Resource persons Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry, Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, Dr Shakil Ahmed, Dr Muhammad Usman Awan will talk about how to carry out research pursuits and finding different sources of funding for research projects.
PUSIL to organise seminar
Lahore: The Punjab University Society of International Law (PUSIL) will organise a seminar on "United Nations and International Law" tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:00am in the auditorium of Dr Pervaiz Hassan Environmental Law Center of Law College. The Ambassador of Finland Osmo Lipponen will be the chief guest on the occasion.
PU awards 3 PhD degrees
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Syeda Nayab Batool Rizvi in the subject of Chemistry after approval of her research thesis entitled "Prevalence of Some Trace & Toxic Minerals, Homocysteine, C-Reactive Protein and Lipid Profile in Cardiovascular Patients", Saima Anwar in the subject of Molecular Biology after approval of her research thesis entitled "Positional Cloning of DFNB48 and DFNB73 Loci" and Muhammad Ayub in the subject of Punjabi after approval of his thesis entitled "The Tradition of Manqbat and Madah-Critical Study." They have completed their theses under the supervision of Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Director PU Institute of Chemistry, Prof Dr S Riazuddin of PU Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology and Dr Nabeela Rehman Associate Professor PU Department of Urdu, respectively. The nation
GCU tops CM debates
Lahore: Debating Society of the Government College University (GCU) grabbed five positions in the district level debates in the Punjab Chief Minister's Speech Contest 2010-11 on Thursday. A press release said Ahmed Ch topped among the youth of Lahore in English debates at the intermediate level while Kamran Hussain Hashmi stood third in the category. Almas Sabeeh Saqib bagged first position in the Urdu debates at the degree level. Shoaib Ahmed stood first in the English debates at the degree level while Ali Jee Saleemi secured the second position in the category. The competition at the post-graduate level is scheduled to be held on November 22, 2010. The news