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MBBS/BDS 2004-05 admissions in Punjab’s colleges: Open merit ranges from 80 to 84% [Courtesy- Daily Times]

Majority of those on merit list come from rural areas

LAHORE: The selection list for admissions in MBBS and BDS, first year, for nine Punjab public colleges was displayed at the King Edward Medical College (KEMC) on Monday. The merit criteria ranged from 80 to 84 percent for the 2004-05 admissions.

However, out of the 1978 seats, which included overseas and reserved seats, 159 self-finance (SF) seats were left vacant in three medical colleges. Eighty-two SF seats were left vacant at the Shaikh Zayed Medical College (SZMC), Rahim Yar Khan, 62 at the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), Lahore, and 15 at the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QMC), Bahawalpur. The ratio of vacant seats was more than 80 percent in SZMC, 60 percent in SIMS, and 75 percent in QMC. All the admission seats available at the SZMC and the SIMS are SF-based.

The merit list, which was forwarded to these colleges, has been prepared after applying the Punjab government approved merit formula (65 percent weight given to FSc results and 35 percent to entry test scores). Student applications have been sorted on their localities and the majority of those who made to the merit list came from rural areas.

According to the selection list, the KEMC open merit started from 84.02 percent, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) from 82.34 percent, Nishtar Medical College (NMC) from 82.01 percent, Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) from 81.68 percent, Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) from 81.36 percent, Punjab Medical College (PMC) from 80.88 percent, QMC from 80.76 percent, SIMS (SF-based) from 82.01 percent, and SZMC (SF-based) from 80.03 percent. The merit for SF seats in the other seven public colleges ranged between 80.01 and 80.65 percent.

Though there were many girls on the merit list, the top selected candidate was a boy, Farrukh Abbas of Rajanpur (Southern Punjab). Out of the top 6 entries, two were girls, both from Lahore, whereas the boys were from Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar and Faisalabad, all cities of southern Punjab.
According to admission board officials, the KEMC was the top choice among most candidates. For the current year admissions, the order of colleges based on students’ preferences was KEMC, AIMC, NMC, FJMC, RMC, PMC, QMC, SIMS and SZMC.

The admission process started on August 10 after FSC results were announced. Entry tests were held on September 19 by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and the final list was displayed on November 2. The colleges will announce the dates for fee submissions and class timings schedules soon.

The Punjab government will re-advertise the vacant seats, including those vacated by choice, after two weeks. A Punjab government official told Daily Times that he expected the seats to be filled on the second round of admissions. He said that the major reasons why the SF seats were left vacant were that people were not aware of these colleges and that most middle-class students could not affordability them. The annual fee for each SF seat is presently quoted at Rs 250,000.

He said that SF-based colleges lacked essential medical equipment and were understaffed. The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had raised objection on this issue, he said. “The government is taking measures to equip these colleges,” he said. Table: Selection list of candidates for first-year admissions in MBBS/BDS in Punjab public colleges:

 

Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi pledges basic facilities
[ Courtesy- Hi Pakistan]

MULTAN - Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi Wednesday said government was executing development projects worth billions of rupees to provide basic amenities to the people of Southern Punjab.
Talking to reporters during his visit to the city, he said a women university would be established in Multan and an appropriate building would be provided for the newly opened College of Home Economics. He said a burn unit would be set up at the Nishtar Hospital at a cost of Rs12 crore while Rs 10 crore would be spent for improving and expanding emergency ward of the hospital. Meanwhile, the chief minister visited Multan Institute of Cardiology and inspected the on-going construction work.
The MIC is a four-storey complex that will provide state-of-the-art treatment facilities to heart patients.
The chief minister also inaugurated the Shershah dual carriage road, an Rs 166 million project linking Multan Cantt and the Shershah bypass, and the Bosan road at Chowk Octri No 9. The chief minister also laid foundation stone of the Multan Press Club. The chief minister awarded cash prizes to Multan police officials for showing good performance and arresting those accused in the Multan bomb blast. DIG Tallat Mehmood, DPO Sikandar Hayat, DSP Habib Khan, ASP, five SHOs and six constables got prizes on the occasion.
Later, CM met delegations of MNAs and MPAs at the local Circuit House,Multan

 
 
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