The government has finalised arrangements for conducting entrance test for admission to all public and private medical and dental institutions of Punjab. This test is being organised under the supervision of University of Health Sciences (UHS) on September 13, 2011 in 12 cities. Like the pervious year, the government is fully committed to upholding international standards of merit and transparency in this test, a Health Department official said on Saturday.
University of Health Sciences Prof Hussain Mubashir Malik said the test would be conducted simultaneously at 24 centres in 12 cities. He said the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had lowered the eligibility bar from 65 per cent to 60 per cent marks in the FSc examination and approximately 35,000 were expected to sit for the test. Prof Hussain Mubashir Malik said that as per directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, foolproof arrangements had been made to facilitate students in all aspects. He said that transparency and merit would be ensured in the test so that no deserving student would be deprived of his right.
The professor said the entrance test would be conducted in Bahawalpur, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, DG Khan, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Rawalpindi and Hassan Abdal simultaneously. He said print and electronic media had a pivotal role in disseminating information about the entrance test and the admission process as well as in creating public awareness about the process.
He said the media would be taken on board to ensure transparency.
Candidates hoping to get admissions in medical schools have geared up their preparation. This year FSc results will be announced after the entrance test and the students need a Hope Certificate to sit in the test. Officials said this year more students would appear in the test than in the previous years.
The age limit for admission to medical colleges has also been abolished and anybody who clears the test and the FSc or equivalent will be eligible to apply for admission to medical school.
To a question a Health Department spokesman said, “UHS has completed the arrangements for the test which is based on common core knowledge. The same test will be taken by FSc and non-FSc students. There is no chance of a leak”.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2011.