36,000 to take UHS entrance test
Lahore, Sep 22: As many as 36,000 (11,000 males and 25,000 females) candidates shall appear in the University of Health Sciences (UHS) entrance test on Sunday (tomorrow) for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of Punjab.
The UHS has established 20 exam centres in 12 cities of the province, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahimyar Khan, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Hassan Abdal, Gujrat and Gujranwala. The test was also scheduled to be held at DG Khan but the centre has been changed due to the floods in the area and now the candidates of DG Khan centre shall take their test at the Government Degree College for Boys, Muzaffargarh.
The test shall start at 9am. The candidates, however, must reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test as all the centres will be sealed at 8:15am and nobody will be allowed entry into the centres after that.
In Lahore, three centres have been set up in Examination Halls of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lawrence Road, Examination Halls of Punjab University, Wahdat Road; and Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Wahdat Road. Around 10,500 candidates (3,000 males and 7,500 females) shall take the test in the metropolis.
The test shall comprise 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), divided into four sections, namely Physics (44 MCQs), Chemistry (58 MCQs), English (30 MCQs) and Biology (88 MCQs).
Duration of the test shall be two and a half hours. After the main test, the candidates shall be required to answer a separate test comprising questions related to aptitude and feedback. An extra 30 minutes shall be given to the candidates to answer this test which shall have no weightage in the entrance test score.
Total marks of the test shall be 1,100. There shall be negative marking in the test and while 5 marks will be awarded for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
While giving briefing on the arrangement of the test, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof I.A. Naveed said that the Punjab government had made immaculate arrangements for smooth conduct of the entrance test. He said the district administration, under the supervision of divisional commissioners and district coordination officers concerned, had finalised the security and logistic plans at their respective centres. He further said that DPOs would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at the test centres in their districts. Police would ensure extensive patrolling and proper sweeping of the area before the commencement of the test, he said, adding that walk-through gates and mobile jammers would be installed at each centre. Restrictions would be imposed under Section 144 on the entry of unauthorised persons in the premises of examination centres, he said.
The UHS VC further said that parents and other attendants of the candidates would be provided with comfortable waiting areas with drinking water and adequate toilet facilities, near examination centres. He said the UHS would provide juice packets to the candidates this year. Traffic police had been directed to make special traffic and parking arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic near the exam centres, he said, adding that effective measures had been taken for dengue control at all the centres.
Emergency healthcare services will be ensured at all centres which include fully equipped ambulances, doctors along with paramedics and emergency medicines. Moreover, the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital will be on high alert to ensure a state of readiness to meet any emergency.
The UHS has already issued roll numbers and instructions to the candidates. The candidates are not allowed to bring any cell phones, calculators, laptops or notes to the examination centres. No candidate will be allowed to enter the centre without the admittance card issued by the university.
According to the regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, it is mandatory for a candidate to appear in the provincial entrance test conduct by the UHS for admission to any public or private medical/dental college of Punjab.
The merit of a candidate shall be worked out by adding 10 percent of his/her matriculation or equivalent examination marks, 40 percent of intermediate or equivalent examination marks and 50 percent of entrance test marks.
These candidates shall compete for 3,305 MBBS seats in 16 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the province. Besides, there are 3,050 MBBS seats available in 28 private medical colleges and 715 BDS seats in 12 private dental colleges of Punjab.
PU reschedules exams
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has changed schedule of several examinations on account of Youm-e-Ishq Rasool (SAW) on Friday.
A PU spokesperson said all the practical/viva voce of MA/MSc Part-I and Part-II Annual Examinations 2012 previously scheduled for Friday had been postponed and now will be held on 5th October and 2nd November 2012 respectively.
Paper 4 "Production & Operation Management" of MBA (31/2 years programme) Part II Annual Examination 2012 has also been rescheduled and now will be held on 5th October instead of 21st September.
BS Applied Geology Second Professional Annual Examination 2012's Practical Paper VII "Survey and Mapping Techniques" has been rescheduled and now will be held on 5th and 6th October instead of 21st and 22nd September 2012. Time, place, grouping and other dates of examinations will remain the same as already notified.
'PU should have expressed concern over BRTS' environmental effects'
Lahore: Punjab University administration should have shown their reservations over the environmental effects of Bus Rapid Transit System and other projects of the government as such projects have severely polluted the environment.
Theses views were expressed by the speakers in the inaugural session of Punjab Information Technology University held here under the patronage of Mir Khalil ur Rahman Memorial Society (MKRMS) and Punjab University.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi said that Punjab University should have condemned or shown reservations over the government projects, including Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), as it had polluted the whole environment. He said that unfortunately the university and other research departments concerned did not bother to do so which could be considered as a crime.However, he said that present pace of research in Pakistan could bring Pakistan on top in research oriented countries in next decade. He said that before HEC, the universities of Pakistan were not considered in raking of international universities. He said that quality should be assured in education sector.
Talking about the importance of research, he said that after conducting a research it was possible for the government to overcome dengue virus. He stressed the need to adopt innovations and experiments to bring about change in all sectors.
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said bureaucracy was behind the mess in Pakistan and due to its shortsightedness it did not take effective measures on important issues. He would have sent bureaucrats to obtain PhD before their joining civil services, if he would have been given an authority, Kamran added.
He termed Pakistan a sleeping giant which according to him was awakening with the help of the media. He was of the view that media was playing a key role in making people aware of what was happening around the globe and what were the needs of modern era.
Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal said Pakistan could be benefited a lot from education sector if special attention was given to information technology (IT) based education. He said Pakistan needed a change in its education system which could produce professionals rather than clerks. He said Pakistani nation had a great potential to fight at every level and only thing required was sincerity from everyone especially from the leaders of the state. He said in future, after conducting mineral resources and geological surveys, courses of education should be composed.
Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif said new campus of IT University would be constructed near airport in which different masters programmes related to IT sector would be entertained. He also expressed his hope that research of international standard would be conducted in the new campus.MKRMS Chairman Wasif Nagi said the countries which put IT sector on priority were leading the world.
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) has donated 110 e-books and two data bases to the Lasbela University of Agriculture Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS), Baluchistan.
A press release on Thursday said Dean Faculty of Bio-Sciences Prof Dr Ijaz Ahmad presented the e-books and the data bases to LUAWMS Librarian Muhammad Hashim Roonjo.
The data bases are of the veterinary sciences and animal production, which cover the period of 1972-2007 and 1987-2007, respectively.
Prof Ijaz said UVAS would extend all-out academic and technical assistance to the Lasbela University in developing its library to meet the needs of students and faculty. The news