Entrance test may be abolished
Lahore, Oct 14: A high-powered examination and admission reforms committee has recommended the Punjab chief minister to abolish entrance test system for admission to professional institutions, including engineering and medical colleges, from 2015.
The committee met on Saturday and also decided to give representation to private sector institutions in the board of governors (BoGs) of all the nine examination boards of Punjab. It also recommended holding practical examination again along with the theoretical part of the exam.
The meeting was chaired by Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and was attended by its members including Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Secretary Schools Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan, Pro VC University of Health Sciences Dr Junaid Qureshi, Punjab Boards Committee of Chairmen (PBCC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nasrullah Virk (also chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore), representatives of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), chairman of Punjab Examination Commission and others.
The participants were unanimous in saying that students from urban and rural areas should be provided level playing field for admission to professional institutes including medical colleges and engineering universities.
Mashhood told the meeting that the entrance test was introduced some two decades ago when booti mafia/ cheating was rampant in the examination boards of the province. He claimed that during the past six years, the Punjab government took many effective measures which introduced transparency and uniformity in all the nine BISEs of the province and eliminated the cheating mafia.
He also claimed that owing to introduction of pool bank of question papers, a uniform examination system had been introduced which also discouraged the trend of learning among the students.
There was consensus among the meeting participants that the prevailing entrance test system was also a financial burden on the students and their parents as the students had to join coaching/tuition centres to prepare for the entrance test. It unanimously recommended the chief minister to abolish entrance test requirement for admission to professional institutions from the coming academic session.
MBBS, BDS exams schedule
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has notified the schedule of annual professional examinations of MBBS and BDS for its affiliated medical and dental college.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, this schedule will be applicable on 33 medical and 11 dental colleges in both public and private sector affiliated with UHS.
According to the notification, first professional MBBS part I annual examinations 2014 will continue from October 13 to October 20, first professional part II from October 22 to October 30, second professional from November 10 to November 20, third professional from November 24 to December 06, and final professional MBBS annual examination will commence on December 2 and end on December 27.
Similarly, first professional BDS annual examinations 2014 will continue from November 11 to November 25, second professional from October 14 to October 27, third professional from November 15 to November 29 whereas final professional BDS annual examinations will continue from December 3 to December 12.
Information regarding submission of admission forms and examination fee is available on UHS website www.uhs.edu.pk.
Inter exams from Oct 23
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore has announced that the Intermediate (Supplementary) Examination 2014 will commence from October 23, 2014.
In this regard, the BISE has issued a schedule for the submission of admission forms according to which forms can be submitted with single fee from September 13 to September 22, 2014. Admission forms are available on the website of Lahore Board www.biselahore.com.
Floods damage 1,854 schools in Punjab
Lahore: Heavy rains and floods have damaged 1,854 public schools across Punjab. The Jhang District is the worst hit district where 280 schools have been damaged by the calamity.
Public schools are being used as shelters for the flood affectees. Apart from fully or partially damaged schools, over 1400 schools are closed. For the students of these schools, academic activities are being held either at nearby schools or there are no alternative arrangements at all.
These facts have been revealed in a recent report prepared by the Punjab School Education Department and shared with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
The information contained in the report pertains to period till September 12, 2014. Sources privy to the developments said perfect data pertaining to the damaged schools would be available only after flood water fully recedes.
It is also pertinent to mention here that the department's report does not mention any information about damaged private schools.
As per the breakup, besides 280 damaged schools there are 400 schools are presently closed in Jhang district and till now no alternative arrangements could be made for the students of these closed schools.
The second worst hit district is Sheikhupura with 238 fully or partially damaged schools and 73 schools as closed. There are 162 damaged schools in Hafizabad while 156 schools are closed and students of these schools have been shifted to nearby schools.
In Jhelum district 150 schools are damaged while total 27 schools are closed and the students are either shifted to nearby schools or rented buildings.
As many as 145 schools are damaged in Muzaffargarh while the same numbers of schools are closed in this district. Chiniot district has 138 damaged schools while similar numbers of schools are closed.
The district Sargodha has 130 damaged schools while 100 schools are closed. The students have been shifted to nearby schools and rented buildings.
In Narowal, 121 schools have been damaged while 100 schools are closed and the students have been shifted to nearby Havelies and Deras. In the district Sialkot, 102 schools are damaged because of rains and flood while 54 schools are closed. The district Mandi Bahauddin has 98 damaged schools and 40 institutes are closed.
In Gujranwala, the damaged schools are 73 while 70 are closed while in Gujrat there are 60 damaged schools and 13 as closed. The district Okara has 70 damaged schools and three are closed.
There are 32 damaged schools in Nankana Sahib district while 12 are closed while Khanewal district has 18 damaged schools and 38 closed. Khushab has 12 damaged schools while the same numbers of schools are closed in this district.
The district Bahawalpur has seven damaged schools while five schools are closed. Because of rains, both districts Lahore and Lodhran have five damaged schools each while Pakpattan district has four damaged schools. The district Bahawalnagar has three damaged and three closed schools while Sahiwal district has only one damaged schools. This district has six closed schools.
The districts where schools are not damaged, but closed (as per the latest report) owing to flood and rainwater are Multan with 23 schools and Mianwali with five schools. The report also suggests tentative cost to repair and reconstruct the partially and fully damaged schools which is over Rs 4 billion. The news
VC opens new storey of GCU girls hostel
Lahore: The extension project of Government College University (GCU) girls hostel has been completed with a special grant given by the Punjab government. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman inaugurated the newly-constructed storey of the hostel on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that the number of students at GCU had increased from 6,200 to 10,500 in the last three years due to which demand for hostel seats had also increased. He said that the new storey would help GCU provide hostel facilities to more female students, who came from far-flung areas to pursue their studies.
The vice chancellor said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, an eminent Old Ravian, had always taken keen interest in development of his alma mater for which the Ravian community expresses gratitude to him.
Prof Rahman said that the GCU would give top priority to hostels at its new campus at Kala Shah Kaku. He also said that restoration work was also underway at the GCU's 145-year-old main building. He said that changes made against the original design were being undone and the clock tower building was being restored to its original condition of 1870s. He said that the building was in a dilapidated condition since long and required extensive repair and restoration work. Daily times