Private medical & dental colleges entrance tests

Entrance tests : Private medical colleges defy chief minister's orders
Lahore, Sep 26: The private medical and dental colleges have announced their respective schedules of entrance tests for all FSc (Pre-Medical) students in violation of the chief minister's orders to hold admissions only on the basis of the test conducted by the University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had categorically stated that the Punjab government would adopt a uniform policy for admissions to medical/dental colleges in public and private sectors and as such the students would also have to clear the entrance test for enrolment in private medical/dental colleges in Punjab. Thus, only these students passing the test, would be eligible for admission in both public and private medical colleges set up in accordance with the existing rules and regulations. It implies that only those FSc students, who secured over 40 per cent qualifying marks in the test, would be eligible for admissions to private medical/dental colleges in the province.

According to the UHS authorities, a total of 18,263 FSc students appeared in the entrance test out of which 16,487 students were declared successful and 1,558 students with less than 40 per cent marks failed to qualify the test.

Presently, according to the UHS officials, there are 800 to 900 seats of MBBS and BDS in private medical/dental colleges affiliated with the UHS. Most of the private medical colleges in Lahore, recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), have already announced their schedules of holding entry tests as FHM College of Medicine and Dentistry will hold entry test on October 8, CMH Medical College on October 12, while University College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Lahore is expected to hold entry test on tentative October 18 (to be advertised after Eid-ul-Fitr), and Lahore Medical and Dental College is going to hold only interviews to determine the 'eligibility' of the suitable candidates for the admissions. Presently, the private medical colleges are receiving applications from the candidates across the board including those FSc (Pre-Medical) students, who had failed in the entry test for admissions to public medical/dental colleges of Punjab.

The 'game' of entry tests has also helped thrive the business of private academies, which were charging exorbitant fees for entry tests preparation for admissions to private medical/dental colleges.

Sources informed that private medical/dental colleges had all geared up to 'mercilessly fleece' students and their parents in the name of fees for appearing in the entry tests, as they were charging minimum of Rs 2,500 for prospectus/form. "The private institutions will be able to accumulate a handsome amount in the name of entry test fees even before admissions as not less than 4,000 students are expected to sit in the entry test of each institution," they added.

According to students and their parents, the private medical/dental colleges have categorized admissions through open merit, self-finance (which in fact be called super self finance in case of private colleges), foreigners' quota, Pakistani nationals settled abroad quota, etc, in order to make money from students/parents under various heads.

It is may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had waived off Rs 700 fee for appearing in the entry test conducted by the UHS. Whereas, the Punjab government had also abolished self-finance scheme for admission to the medical colleges for upholding merit as well as the rights of deserving students. The self-finance scheme was, in fact, a violation of merit and the rights of the deserving students," the chief minister observed.

The sources informed that, soon after holding their entrance tests, the private medical colleges would hold interviews of the candidates in which the managements would judge the financial capacity instead of the academic abilities in order to finally award admissions to the "suitable candidates". As far as available break-up of fees is concerned, the sources in the Health Department informed that the public sector medical colleges charged about Rs 15,000 as annual fee (just over Rs 1,000 per month) in addition to negligible admission/registration fee from the selected candidates, whereas the private medical colleges were charging between Rs 50,000 and Rs 100,000 as non-refundable admission fees alone. Besides, the private medical colleges were also charging from Rs 500,000 to Rs 600,000 as one-year non-refundable advance fees from the students, they added.

A private medical college in Lahore is charging up to Rs 1.5 million to accommodate even non-eligible candidates in the entrance test," one of the officials said.

The Health Department officials, while pointing out another anomaly, informed that private medical colleges completed their admissions and started classes, even before final list of admissions to public medical/dental colleges was displayed, thus landing the students and their parents in a catch-22 situation. The private medical/dental colleges take a bond from the selected students to complete whole 5-year MBBS course from the college - thus depriving them to get admission to the public sector medical/dental colleges in the province. We are left on the crossroads," the students complained and explained that if they got admissions to the public medical/dental colleges in the second or third or final list, they would lose "non-refundable" admission fees and one-year advance fees deposited in private medical/dental colleges.

Former Punjab governor Khalid Maqbool had taken serious notice of the anomaly and had ordered to refund fees of the students, who had got the admissions to the public medical/dental colleges of Punjab after display of final list in this regard. Parents of the students have been literally crying, as according to them, the private medical colleges are fleecing almost the lifetime savings of any moderate family in the backdrop of delay in displaying of final list for admissions to public sector medical/dental colleges. When contacted, Secretary Health Anwaar A Khan said that the private medical colleges were not barred from holding entry test for admissions. "The entry test, however, must only be conducted for the successful students of the entry test conducted by the UHS," he informed. "The chief minister has categorically stated that strict action would be taken against those institutions, which would violate the rules and regulations set by the government," he added. The News

Your Comments
"i have no comments.but give me the answer of my only one question? why UHS did not dispatch the copy of MCAT result? why?"
Name: aqsa saeed
City, Country: sialkot, Pakistan

"ok....for a amoment we consider the private colleges taking their own tests but why dont we still get admission.....i may say that these colleges are also working on donations.....i would like to mention here the LAHORE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE as well as THE INDEPENDENT COLLEGE and there is a list of many more of them....students with 80 percent marks are crying while those with 60 percent marks are getting admissions on the basis of donations........"
Name: hira
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan

"why does the government of pakistan not help those students who score above 75% both in test and fsc but still do not get admissions????"
Name: sannan
City, Country: islamabad, Pakistan

"just telme...............why this ****** UHS have not send us copy of MCAT mark sheet "
Name: asad
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan

"this is not fair wid medical students that they dont get adm even aftr getting 86% marks like me..why dont govt make more medical clgs???"
Name: asma
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan

"this not fair wd medical students. UHS test must be caancelled"
Name: fowad
City, Country: lahore pakistan

"entry tst shd be cancelled....many students getting above 85percent marks in fsc..didn got adm in medical colleges..js cz of entry tst...its soo sad"
Name: alina
City, Country: sargodha,pakistan

"This is well, it provide a chance for those students who faces some unlucky situation for some reason.although they having a good IQ level."
Name: muhammad raees
City, Country: Gujrat

"this is unfair to the medical students who got good percentage in entry test but they couldnt get admission in medical is my request to chief ministers punjab mian shahbaz sharif to abolish the entrance test scheme."
Name: abdullah saleem
City, Country:Gujrat,Pakistan

"kindly tell de acurate details... makeit easy fr studnts ND THATS NT FAIR WID MEDICAL STUDNTS"
Name: arzoo raj
City, Country: lahore

"Plz mujhe batayen k private medical college me admission lene k leye entry test zaruri hai?"
Name: Husnain
City, Country: Okara, Pakistan

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Punjab University students 'protest' new hostel allotment policy
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students on Thursday criticised the institute's alleged dual policy for the hostel allotment, protesting against it outside the PU Hall Council, which was denied as non-existent by the administration.

The PU administration has given the authority of the boys' hostel allotments to their respective departments while the authority to allot girls' hostels lies with the Hall Council. Several new students, however, have not been allotted any rooms yet.

On Thursday, a female student accused the staff of harassing her, resulting in several female students protesting against the council's administration.

The female students said that the university should devise a uniform policy for male and female students. A BS(Hons) female student said that the Hall Council staff's attitude with the students was not appropriate, adding that students were confused about their allotments. Another student said that the university should help students instead of making things harder for them. She said that the girls who applied for hotel allotments hailed from distant areas, adding that the delays were proving problematic for them.

PU Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Nazim Rana Zahid claimed that the PU administration was searching for methods to harass the students, adding that the change of the allotment policy was just to annoy them. He said that several boys had not gotten hostel allotments even after their admissions had been confirmed. He said that the administration should help students instead of troubling them, adding that the female students had staged a protest against the allotment policy.

Students said that the dual policy for the hostel allotments was not appropriate and the administration should take action against it.

Denies: PU Hall Council Chairman Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra said that, for the first time, the responsibility of the boys' hostel allotments has been given to their respective departments. He added that the allotment responsibility for the girls' hostel allotments was still with the Hall Council, as it wanted to accommodate all the girls. He denied any harassment of any female students as well as reports of any 'protest' against the hostel allotments at the varsity. Daily Times

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of M A Kashmiryat, MPhil Mathematics, MSc Environmental Sciences, PGD Cost and Management Accounting (DCMA), MSc Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Master in Public Administration (MPA).

In MA Kashmiryat, session 2005-07, a total of four candidates appeared and all were declared successful. In MPhil Mathematics (semester system), session 2006-07, a total of seven candidates appeared and all were declared successful.

In MSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, (morning) (semester system), session 2004-06, a total of 31 candidates appeared and seven were declared successful while the results of 18 candidates were later on.

In PGD Cost & Management Accounting (DCMA) (semester system), sessions 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, all the candidates were declared successful. In MSc Micro biology and Molecular Genetics, (Two-year Programme), session 2006-08, a total of 30 candidates appeared and all were declared successful. In Master of Public Administration (MPA) (semester system), session 2005-07, a total of 73 candidates appeared and 48 were declared successful while the results of 15 candidates were later on. In Master of Public Administration (MPA), Evening (semester system), session 2005-07, a total of 43 candidates appeared and 23 were declared successful while the results of six candidates were later on. Detailed results are available on PU website

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PMDC recognises KEMU programmes
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has recognised different postgraduate programmes of King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore. The KEMU spokesman said the M.Phil programmes included Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Microbiology, Hematology, Molecular Biology and Clinical Pathology. The MD programmes included Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Paediatrics, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Radiology, Oncology, Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine. The MS programmes included General Surgery, Orthopaedic, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Anaesthesia. The News

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UVAS and Glasgow University sign memorandum
Lahore: A memorandum of understanding and co-operation has been signed between the University of Glasgow, UK, and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Thursday.

UVAS Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Nawaz signed the memorandum during a visit to the United Kingdom (UK).

The memorandum allows the two universities to exchange students, faculty members and researchers for the purposes of education, training and joint research. During his visit, Dr Nawaz also discussed matters of mutual academic interest with the University of Glasgow Vice-Chancellor Sir Muir Russel.

Professor Nawaz, while talking about the benefits of the memorandum of understanding, said that this link with the University of Glasgow would be useful in strengthening the UVAS' programmes for veterinary sciences, fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture, ecosystem and dairy technology.

He said that the improvement of the dairy technology programme was important to meet the national milk requirement, adding that the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Glasgow was one of the best in the world.

Under the memorandum, delegations of the University of Glasgow would visit the UVAS in November and December, while another delegation would visit in February of next year to work on areas of co-operation between the two universities. Faculty members from the UVAS also plan to visit the University of Glasgow later this year to participate in training programmes.

During his stay in the UK, the vice-chancellor also visited a livestock and dairy show in Stoneleigh Park Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, interacted the office-bearers of the Dairy Association and discussed areas of mutual collaboration between the two countries. Daily Times

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