LAHORE: Over 45,000 candidates, including 30,500 girls and 14,500 boys are appearing in the entrance test for public and private medical colleges of Punjab on Sunday.
University of Health Sciences has arranged the test at 25 centres in 13 cities including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal,Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat,Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, D.G. Khan and Hasanabdal.
Senior bureaucrats including provincial secretaries,members Board of Revenue, divisional commissioners, district coordination officers and members (enquiries) Services and General Administration Department have been assigned the duty to monitor the test.
The officers will support senior medical professors who will conduct the test and report to the Additional Chief Secretary Punjab after the completion of the exercise.
The test will start at 9 am. 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 are appearing in the test in Lahore. This year, the candidates will compete for 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the province. Besides, there are around 3,000 MBBS seats in 28 private medical colleges and 700 BDS seats in 12 private dental colleges of the Punjab.
Walk-through gates and mobile jammers have been installed at each centre. Restrictions have been imposed under Section 144 on the entry of unauthorized persons in the premises of examination centres.
Traffic police has been directed to make special traffic and parking arrangements.