UHS changes merit policy to accommodate affluent students
Lahore, Oct 22: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has changed its merit policy at the eleventh hour for entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS only to accommodate students from a specific class of the society while leaving in lurch a good number of others who belong to middle class and have extraordinary marks in FSc.
It may be mentioned that in the past the UHS used to consider 70 percent marks of FSC and 30 percent of entrance test passed by applicants to prepare merit list for admissions. But this year, the policy has been changed all of a sudden. Now, weightage of FSc marks will be 40 percent, entrance test 50, and matriculation 10 percent.
A student, Arslan says that all this has been done to oblige those students who did A-level.
"What sort of merit policy is this wherein a girl who stood at the top in her FSc examination in Multan Board, cannot pass the entrance test," commented another student.
A student who got 71 percent marks in the UHS entrance test states that he is not hopeful of getting admission in any public medical college, adding that his parents are ready to sale their house only for admitting him to a private medical college.
Parents of such students are seeking help from courts, the media and government institutions to get future of their children saved by holding the UHS responsible for this new criterion.
It is pertinent to mention here that private medical colleges are receiving Rs 0.5 million as annual fee excluding college fee, hostel dues and other expenses.
The UHS conducted another entrance test on October 14, in accordance with the Lahore High Court orders. The test was open to the students who could not take the July 20 entrance test, and all candidates who secured 60 percent or more in FSc or equivalent examination. This year, due to litigation, admissions to public medical and dental colleges have been delayed.
According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) regulations, private colleges cannot start their admission process and ask students to deposit fees before merit list for public colleges is displayed. But certain private colleges have completed their admission process and are now asking for admission fees.Your Comments
LHC seeks copy of order in PMDC entrance test case
Lahore: A division bench of the Lahore High Court after hearing arguments of petitioner's counsel against medical entrance test policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) sought production of the copy of an earlier order passed. The hearing adjourned till October 26.
The court was hearing a petition challenging medical entrance test policy of PMDC which is allegedly against fundamental rights of the students desirous of getting admission in MBBS.
Afzal Butt, father of a FSc student, filed the petition through his counsel M Azhar Siddique against the policy. He said policy was issued in May 2003 by PMDC under Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance 1962 to regulate admission process in the medical colleges but it served the vested interests of some groups and derived fair chance for FSc student to get admission to medical colleges.
He said his daughter Humera Arshad Butt secured 1,000 marks in FSc examination and despite she did not get admission in MBBS only due to loopholes prevalent in the policy for entrance tests.
The counsel said that the basic formula for devising merit for MBBS admissions is wrong as there 10 percent marks were taken from Matric, 40 percent from FSc result and 60 percent from entrance tests which is of 1,000 marks. He alleged that some students belonging to influential families are awarded upto 600 to 800 in entrance tests and such students get admissions despite their low secure in FSc.
He said the policy of entrance test was spreading the culture of bribery, nepotism, references, recommendation in University of Health Sciences, (UHS), Punjab University and the Punjab government, as high level contacts play role in such admissions and the poor had to suffer.
He said on September 6, 2010, LHC had directed the government, UHS and PU that the students who get 60 or 65 percent marks in FSc were eligible to appear in the entrance tests for medical colleges but the order had been complied partly and still obstacles were being created in the admissions. The nation
Top varsity officials holding posts 'illegally'
Lahore: Though declared as illegal by the Law Department, a number of top officials of different universities continue holding coveted posts, thanks to the lethargic attitude of the Punjab Higher Education Department officials.
The appointment of the top officials is being dubbed as illegal in the wake of October 5 judgment of a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) declaring as illegal the appointment of Dr Shahid Mehboob Rana as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad, by the Punjab governor because it was made without seeking advice of the Punjab chief minister.
After the LHC judgment, the Higher Education Department had sought an advice from the Punjab Law Department, whether the department was required to process the cases regarding cancellation of all orders/ notifications issued by the governor without seeking advice by the chief minister.
The administrative department had received the reply on October 14 from the Law Department according to which all such orders passed sans the CMís advice were illegal.
According to sources in the Higher Education Department, the officials were still holding the coveted posts because of the lethargic attitude of the departmentís Academic Wing, otherwise there was no justification for them to keep the seats.
They said that the department was merely required to write to the vice-chancellors (VCs) of the universities concerned and officially inform them about the development. They were surprised that the same had not been done despite passage of almost a week.
The sources said that the department had so far identified over a dozen cases of appointments in different varsities in which advice of the CM was not sought by the governor.
According to the sources, some of the appointees have already left their positions following the judgment of the LHC single bench in May this year. It is strange the rest of the appointees were still holding the offices as if they were uncertain about their future, they added.
Terming it sluggishness on part of the department high-ups, they said that other such officials appointed by the governor without seeking advice from the CM were yet to be identified. It is pertinent to mention that the prominent among those who had been identified by the department for being appointed by the governor without seeking advice of the CM include Punjab Universityís Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar, PU Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Javaid Ahmad, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multanís Dean Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Prof Dr Shahnawaz Malik, BZUís Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies & Languages Prof Dr Rubina Tareen, BZUís Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, nomination of Tasneem Fazli as member of the Syndicate Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) and extension in the service of Prof Dr AD Raza Chaudhry, Director General ASSMS, Government College University (GCU) Lahore.
Telling the reason behind the delay, Higher Education Departmentís Additional Secretary (Academic) Muhammad Akram Chaudhry said that the Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema was transferred the day the reply of the Law Department was received.
He said every thing was ready on October 14 but the matter could not be processed due to the transfer of the secretary.
He said that the new secretary had been posted and now the varsities would be informed soon.
He said the varsities would also be asked to send panels of candidates for fresh appointments, adding that the universities would also be asked to point out any other appointments made by the governor without advice of the chief minister so that action could be taken against the same. The news
Reply sought from LCWU
Lahore: Lahore High Court justice Yawar Ali Thursday ordered the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice Chancellor Bushra Mateen to submit report to the court within three weeks for not issuing appointment letter to a candidate for the post of public relations officer (PRO) despite merit.
A petitioner Sayed Arif Nonari maintained in his petition that he gave an interview for the post of a public relations officer (PRO) in LCWU, claiming that he was on 2nd number according to the merit list of the applicants who were interviewed.
He maintained that a letter of appointment was issued to a successful candidate namely Qamar Bukhari who refused to join as LCWU as a public relations officer.
He contended that after the refusal of the first candidate, the LCWU concerned officer did not issue the appointment letter to the 2nd candidate (Arif) on merit. The nation
Edu Secy reviews PU centre progress
Lahore: Federal Secretary for Education Muhammad Athar Tahir visited the Punjab University (PU) Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC) and chaired a meeting to review progress of the centre.
Secretary Education directed the SZIC administration to arrange a seminar on the role of religious scholars as social reformers and invite national scholars as well as scholars from Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and other countries. Athar Tahir said the National Education Festival would be organised soon in which all the organisations and bodies, working under the ministry, would participate actively.
He further said seminars on different topics, workshops, books and educational equipments exhibition, quiz, speech, art contests and a lot of other events and activities would be included in the festival.
The purpose of organising this festival is to create coordination among different organisations, involve students, teachers and general public in the educational activities and create awareness among the masses about literacy, he added.
Earlier, SZIC Director Prof Dr Muhammad Ijaz briefed the Education Secretary about progress, ongoing and future projects and learning activities in the centre. Later, Education Secretary also visited the National Museum of Science and Technology. The news
Biotech scientists urged to explore new vistas
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has stressed that biotechnology scientists should explore new vistas of science in the yet unexplored biotechnology sector and do better for the generations to come.
The vice-chancellor was speaking at the concluding ceremony of National Biotechnology Exhibition and Seminar 2010 organized by varsity's Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission here on Thursday.
He said that it was a matter of great satisfaction that the UVAS launched the Lahore Biotechnology Park and acknowledged the contribution of experts and the private sector.
He said the university was contacting various institutions and foreign experts to execute the LBP project.
He said the university had all out expertise in the field of vaccine production and having a piece of land to make LBP a success.
Invitro Vogue chief executive officer Kauser Abdullah Malik said the seminar had helped the industry and academia develop cordial relations, adding that the LBP would come out as a remarkable development in the history of Pakistan.
Faculty of life sciences dean Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad and IBB director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Baber also spoke.
Later, VC Prof Nawaz distributed certificates and shields among position holders in various competitions, including models, posters and videos. Dawn