42,000 to take UHS entrance test
Lahore: Around 42,000 candidates shall appear in the University of Health Sciences (UHS) entrance test on Sunday (Sept 22) for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of Punjab.
The UHS has established 20 test centres in 12 cities of the province including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Hassan Abdal, Gujrat, Gujran-wala and DG Khan.
The test shall start at 9am on Sunday.
The candidates 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 to enter later.
In Lahore, four centres have been set up which include examination halls of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lawrence Road; examination halls of Punjab University, Wahdat Road; Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Wahdat Road; and Government Pilot High School, Wahdat Road. Around 12,000 candidates (3,800 male and 8,200 female) 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), English (30) and Biology (88).
Total 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 will be provided 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 like previous years. Five marks will be awarded for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
Briefing on the arrangement of the test, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Aslam said the Punjab government had made immaculate arrangements for smooth conduct of the entrance test.
The district administration, under the supervision of the respective divisional commissioners and district coordination officers, had finalised the security and logistic plans at their centres, Prof Aslam said.
He said the district police officers would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at test centres in their respective districts. 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 on the premises of examination centres, the UHS VC said.
He said parents and other attendants of the candidates would be provided with comfortable waiting areas, with drinking water and adequate toilet facilities, near examination centres. The UHS would provide juice packets to the candidates this year as well. Traffic police had been directed to make special traffic and parking arrangements near the 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 would include fully equipped ambulances, doctors along with paramedical staff and emergency medicines. Moreover, the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital would be on high alert to meet any emergency.
The UHS has already issued roll numbers and instructions to the candidates. Candidates are not allowed to bring any cell phones, calculators, laptops or notes to the examination centre. No candidate will be allowed to enter the centre without the admittance card issued by UHS.
According to the regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, it is mandatory for a candidate to appear in the provincial entrance test conducted by UHS for admission to any public or private medical/dental college of the Punjab.
The merit of a candidate shall be worked out by adding 10 per cent of his/her matriculation examination marks, 40 per cent of intermediate marks and 50 per cent of entrance test marks.
These candidates shall compete for 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the province. Besides, there are around 3,000 MBBS seats available in 28 private medical colleges and 700 BDS seats in 12 private dental colleges of Punjab. Dawn
Inordinate delay in BZU BS programme results
Multan: Thousands of students doing bachelor of science from six colleges affiliated with the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) are awaiting results of different semesters since long despite their promotion into next semesters.
The four-year programme was launched in Govt Emerson College, Multan, Government Degree College for Women (recently merged into Women University), Government Post-Graduate College, Sahiwal, Government College for Women, Sahiwal, Government College, DG Khan and Government College for Women, DG Khan.
Students told APP that they were not only waiting for the results anxiously, but were also worried about their future which was currently at the mercy of BZU's examination wing.
A BS student told this agency on the condition of anonymity that he was studying in the third semester but the result of first semester was yet to be declared.
BZU Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Muhammad Farooq said the Bachelor of Science (BS) programme was introduced haphazardly without addressing legal issues which caused hurdles in the smooth functioning of the system.
He said after the marking of first semester papers, the examiners could not be paid remuneration owing to absence of rules for payment. Subsequently, the examiners refused to mark papers for next semesters. "Now I have got approval from the VC to make payment to them." He said BZU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khawaja Alqama had constituted a six-member committee to resolve the issues related to BS programme which would meet on Sept 25.
He hoped the delayed results would be announced by the last week of the current month. app
One-year BEd diploma to end
Lahore: Following National Education Policy 2009, one year B.Ed diploma will be ended in 2018 as four-year BEd Honors degree programme has been started. According to a press release issued on Friday, this policy will be implemented in government colleges for Elementary Teacher Education. Previously, three-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE) was being awarded to all such colleges but the same has now been changed to four-year B.Ed Honors degree. The news
Agri varsity VC asked to clear pensions
Lahore: Punjab ombudsman Javed Mahmood has directed the University of Agriculture Faisalabad vice chancellor to pay pension to all retired employees within a month without making any excuse of a lack of funds.
In a directive issued on Thursday, the ombudsman said even salaries of employees could be withheld for the payment of pension as paying dues to retired employees was as important as to the serving ones.
He said protecting perks and privileges of all employees of veterinary college (once allied with the varsity) was the responsibility of the university and the matter of payments to pensioners must not be complicated by relating it with the intricacies of the Veterinary University Ordinance.
Two UET officials penalised
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology Syndicate imposed penalty of compulsory retirement on varsity's Architecture and Planning faculty dean and dismissed a senior medical officer from service on charges of corruption and bringing bad name to the university.
UET Architecture and Planning Faculty Dean Prof Dr Ihsanullah Bajwa and Senior Medical Officer Dr Qamar Rafique, who were also serving as UET Housing Society president and secretary, respectively, were charged with corruption in the purchase of land.
The Syndicate also dismissed varsity's former registrar Col Abdul Rauf for working against the interests of the university.
UET Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Akram said Prof Bajwa and Dr Rafique were penalised for corruption and the Punjab Cooperatives Department had established the charges.
Stating that the Punjab Cooperatives Department would recover the money, he added, the Syndicate took the disciplinary action for causing damage to the name of the university and interests of the university employees. Prof Bajwa did not respond to repeated calls and an SMS.
About former registrar's dismissal, the VC said Rauf had been dismissed after issuing him one-month notice. He said Rauf was also working against the interests of the university and was writing letters to the governor and the chief justice. He had also concealed various papers and applications filed for the post of registrar. Dawn