LAHORE: our cAs many as 65,155 candidates including 41,563 female and 23,592 male appeared in Medical and Dental Colleges’ admission test (MDCAT) which was re-conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Sunday.
65,000 candidates to appear in medical colleges’ test
The Punjab government announced the re-conduct of MDCAT earlier this month after a high level inquiry found evidence of leakage of MDCAT paper of the test held on August 20. The test went of peacefully at 28 centres set up in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, DG Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Hassan Abdal. More than 5,500 invigilators and supervisory staff performed duties at these centres. All the centres were sealed at 8:15 am.
A large number of police personnel were deployed at the centres to prevent any disruption of the examination. Ambulances and fire brigades were also made available at the centres to counter any untoward incident. Besides, closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were installed at major centres. Body search of the candidates was also conducted. There were proper arrangements for the disabled students, parking and waiting area facilities for the parents of the candidates. Back-up power generators were also provided at some of the centres.
UHS entry test held without trouble
On the direction of Punjab Chief Minister, senior bureaucrats and government officers including provincial secretaries monitored the test. In Lahore, a total of 12,573 female and 6,705 male candidates appeared in the test at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road, Punjab University examination halls at Wahdat Road, Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Wahdat Road, Divisional Public School, Model Town, Govt. Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad, University of Education, Township, Govt. College of Science, Wahdat Road and Lahore College for Women University, Jail Road.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2017.