Admission In Punjab’s Medical Colleges: Arrangements Finalised To Conduct …

Published: August 29, 2014

Admission In Punjab’s Medical Colleges: Arrangements Finalised To Conduct …, More than 45,000 candidates (30,500 female and 14,500 male) have been issued roll numbers to appear in medical colleges’ entrance test this year to be conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Sunday.

According to a press release issued on Thursday, the Punjab government has finalised the arrangements and has deputed senior bureaucrats – including provincial secretaries, member Board of Revenue, divisional commissioners, district coordination officers and members (enquiries) Services and General Administration Department – to monitor the process.

The test shall be held simultaneously at 25 centres established in 13 cities – Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, DG Khan, and Hassanabdal.

The test shall start at 9am. The candidates, however, must reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test as all the centres would be sealed at 8:15am and nobody would be allowed to enter after that.

In Lahore, six 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; Government Pilot High School, Wahdat Road; University of Education, Lower Mall and Government Central Model School, Lower Mall. More than 13,000 candidates will appear in the test in the metropolis.

The test shall comprise 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), divided into four sections – Physics (44 MCQs), Chemistry (58 MCQs), English (30 MCQs) and Biology (88 MCQs).

Total duration of the test shall be two and a half hours. After the main test, the candidates will 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 will have no weightage in the entrance test score.

Total marks of the test shall be 1100 with negative marking in the test like previous years and while 5 marks will be awarded for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

While briefing on the arrangement of the test, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Aslam said the Punjab government had made immaculate arrangements for smooth and flawless conduct of the entrance test.

The district administration, under the supervision of concerned divisional commissioners and district coordination officers, had finalised the security and logistic plans at their respective centres where the test was scheduled to be held, Prof Aslam said.

He further said that the district police officers would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at the test centres in their respective districts. Police would ensure extensive patrolling and technical sweeping of the area before the commencement of the test. 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 in the premises of examination centres, the UHS VC added.

He further said parents and other attendants of the candidates would be provided comfortable waiting areas with drinking water and adequate toilet facilities, near examination centres. Traffic police had been directed to make special traffic and parking arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic near the examination centres, he added.

Emergency healthcare services will be ensured at all centres which would include fully equipped ambulances and doctors along with paramedical staff and emergency medicines. Moreover, the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital would be on high alert to ensure a state of readiness 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. So the candidates seeking admission to private medical colleges will also have to appear in the entrance test.

Meanwhile, the government has deputed the secretaries of 17 provincial departments, seven members Board of Revenue Punjab, special secretaries of home and higher education Departments, all divisional commissioners, members (enquiries) S&GAD Department, Provincial Transport Authority secretary and DCOs of Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi and Lahore to oversee the conduct of medical entrance test. These officers will support the senior medical professors who will conduct the test and will report to the Additional Chief Secretary Punjab after the completion of exercise.


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