KARACHI - Around 3,700 candidates on Sunday appeared in the entry test for admissions to the medical colleges in the metropolis for academic year of 2009 held at Ojha Campus of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), under tighten security.
After a considerable delay, the entrance test was held under the supervision of the National Testing Services (NTS). More than 500 security personnel from police, rangers and DUHS security had been deployed in and around the institute.
An official of the NTS told TheNation that the results would be issued properly within 72 hours. He said the test was started on the given time at 11:00am and ended on 1:00pm. The test was held to select more than 650 candidates for the admissions to MBBS and BDS course at Dow Medical College, Sindh Medical College and Dr Ishratul Ebad Institute of Oral Health Sciences, he said and added that the candidates had been directed not to bring anything with them including cellular phones, electronic devices, pencils and papers in the test; while interviews for the admissions will begin from November 8.
It is pertinent to mention here that last year more than 5,000 candidates had participated in the entry test for 650 seats of MBBS and BDS, while the entry test had immediately been held just after the completion of intermediate (pre-medical group) annual examinations-2008. But this time, the test has been held several months late due to a political rift between two leading political parties of the province. Such rift has caused significant academic loss to students. Conversely, private medical universities and colleges had already completed admission procedures to induct students in different medical programmes.
Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed had directed the authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security at all four entry test centres, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana, to avert any untoward situation. He further directed for making adequate arrangements to ensure transparency in the test for 1500 medical seats across the the province. It is also worth mentioning that around 13,000 candidates have been appeared in the test across the province. Nation