The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday announced the date for its entry test for medical and dental schools across the Punjab.
“The entry tests will be held on September 13 in 12 cities. Some 35,000 candidates are expected to sit the exams this year,” Dr Malik Hussain Mubashar, the UHS vice chancellor (VC) said while talking to reporters at his office.
Dr Mubashar said that the application forms would be available free of cost from Saturday (today) at the UHS, King Edward Medical University, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, De’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Rawalpindi Medical College, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, and Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan. He said that the last date for submission of applications was September 7.
The VC said that 22 centres had been established for the purpose, three of them in Lahore, four in Rawalpindi, three in Bahawalpur, three in Gujranwala, two in Faisalabad and one each in Sahiwal, Multan, Gujrat, Sargodha, DG Khan, Rahim Yar Khan and Hasanabdal.
He said that a separate centre will be established for female candidates at the examination halls of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Mozang Road, Lahore. Two centres will be marked exclusively for boys at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore and UHS each.
Dr Mubashar said that according to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council regulations, entrance tests will count for 50 per cent in the process. He said that special measures would be taken to ensure the transparency of the testing procedure.
He said that the questions will be from material common to FSc and non-FSc syllabi. “We will make sure that no question is out of course,” he said.
He said that mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates will be installed at each centre. He said that examination materials will be brought to the centres under police supervision.
He said that parents and guardians of the candidates will be provided comfortable waiting areas with drinking water and toilet facilities near the examination centres. Emergency healthcare services will also be available at all centres.
The VC said that the divisional commissioners had been requested to facilitate the arrangements for the test.
The VC said that candidates from Lahore, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala and Sargodha must submit their applications at UHS, those from Multan and DG Khan at Nishtar Medical College in Multan, those from Rawalpindi and Hasanabdal at Rawalpindi Medical College, those from Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Faisalabad at Quaid-i-Azam Medical College in Bahawalpur, Shaikh Zayed Medical College in Rahim Yar Khan and Punjab Medical College in Faisalabad respectively.
He said that one-window operation cells have been set up for the submission of applications, where the candidates will be issued admittance cards on receipt of applications. A copy of the card would be retained by UHS to stop any impersonation attempts, he added.
Answering a question on possibility of a leak, Prof Mubashar said that UHS was well known for transparency of its examination system. There had been no such complaint at the UHS, he said.
“UHS ensures minimum human involvement in crucial stages of paper setting, paper printing, binding and packaging. Senior professors are appointed as couriers to take the examination material to and from the centres,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2011.