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Punjab Medical entrance test 2013

Medical entrance test on Sept 20
Lahore, Aug 17: The entrance test for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of Punjab will be held on September 22 in 12 cities of the province.

Entrance test kits will be available at University of Health Sciences (UHS) and other public sector medical colleges of the province from August 20 while last date for submission of application will be August 30, said UHS Vice-Chancellor Maj. Gen. (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam at an orientation seminar on medical colleges' admission tests at the Allama Iqbal Medical College on Thursday.

The 150-minute test will start at 9:00am simultaneously at Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Hassan Abdal. Candidates will be allowed to choose the city from where they wish to appear in the test. However, centre once allotted will not be changed subsequently.

Prof Aslam advised the candidates to reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test with their admission cards because nobody would be allowed to enter the venue and examination centre without a valid admission card issued by UHS.

All centres will be sealed at 8:15am and after that nobody will be allowed to enter the examination hall.

Candidates securing at least 60 percent marks in FSc (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examinations and having domicile of any district of Punjab, Islamabad, and Gilgit-Baltistan will be eligible to take the entrance test. Those awaiting results should provide a Hope Certificate issued by the principal of their respective institutions clearly stating that the candidate is expected to secure at least 60 percent marks in the FSc or equivalent examinations.

Vice chancellor said that there would be a single question paper consisting of 220 objective-type questions divided into four sections: Physics (44 questions), Chemistry (58 questions), English (30 questions) and Biology (88 questions).

A candidate will answer the test by filling the circles on the response form. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for single question will be considered a wrong answer. There will be negative marking in the test and for each wrong answer one mark will be deducted from the total score. Each correct answer will carry five marks.

Prof Aslam advised the candidates not to bring any calculator, cell phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. "Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ballpoints with them and not any markers, pointers or pencils," he added.

After the test, candidates will be asked to take an aptitude and feedback test for which extra 30 minutes will be given to them. The aptitude test will only be used for research purposes and to further improve the system and will have no effect on the entrance test score, said Prof Naveed.

The UHS will continue with its "Self Scoring System" and upload the answer keys of question paper on its website on the same day after the test. The candidates will be able to calculate their scores with the help of carbonised copy of their answer sheets which they will retain after the test, he said and added that the answer keys would also be published in national dailies on the next day. The news

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Scores still await BISE Rawalpindi result cards
RAWALPINDI: Hundreds of students could not get their matriculation result cards from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi despite a lapse of more than three weeks.

The delay in receiving matriculation result cards may deprive the students of admission in institutions for intermediate studies.

The board announced the results on July 25. After the announcement, many students complained that they could not get their results. They said that their results were not even available on the BISE website.

It is believed that the board lost objective answer sheets of some students that delayed the results. Rebuffing the allegations, BISE Controller Examination Irshad Chatta said that the result of every student was compiled and the result cards had also been dispatched to the candidates through registered post. inp

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Over 1,000 school-going children start smoking everyday
Islamabad: The Pakistan Paediatrics Association has estimated that around 1,000 to 1,200 school-going children of six to 16 years start smoking everyday in the country.

According to a report of the association, smokers in the lower socio-economic group reported to spend 25 percent of their total household income on this habit.

The report focuses on the anti-smoking social marketing strategy in Pakistan with an aim to reduce smoking prevalence, especially among youth. To reduce the prevalence of smoking and associated diseases, immediate actions are required by public health authorities, the report suggested.

The trend of smoking has been going upwards and, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in Pakistan, the usage of cigarette smoking has increased by 30 percent compared to 1998 figures. The WHO reported that a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship can decrease the consumption of tobacco products for about seven percent provided all the other tobacco control measures are kept constant, whereas in some cases such intervention are found to decrease tobacco use up to 16 percent.

In Pakistan, 19 percent of adults, 18 year old and above, smoke while each year, approximately 60,000 people die of tobacco-related diseases in the country. Around 34 percent teenagers between the age of 13 and 15 years report being exposed to second-hand smoke in public places and 27 percent report exposure at home, the report said.

TheNetwork for Consumer Protection Project Coordinator Dr Sobia Faisal said that smoking was the single most avoidable risk factor for cancer.

She said that social marketing was an effective strategy to promote healthy attitudes and influence people to make real, sustained health related behavioural change by transiting through different stages, which include precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.

Dr Sobia said that social marketing could influence smokers to voluntarily accept, reject, modify or abandon their smoking behaviour. In Pakistan, the smoking prevalence has been increasing, necessitating effective measures, she said.

She said that it was a high time to educate people about the hazards of tobacco, particularly school-going children and strive against promotional tactics adopted by the tobacco industry.

She said that raising tobacco taxes was one of the most effective tobacco prevention and control strategies.

"Raising tobacco product prices decreases the prevalence of tobacco use, particularly among kids and young adults."

TheNetwork for Consumer Protection Advocacy officer Robina Bhatti called for taking necessary action at every level.

She said, "We need to introduce tobacco control policies and laws."

Joint efforts are required to avoid medical complications and deaths from tobacco use in the society, she added.

She stressed the need for efficacious implementation of tobacco control laws in the country and asked the authorities concerned to make proper strategies in preventing sale of tobacco to minors.

An official from Tobacco Control Cell said that Pakistan had ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, while the country had also implemented pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. He said that a policy is being created to create awareness in citizens and educating them about tobacco control laws. app

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