Monday, January 4, 2010

Punjab Government doubles professional education quota of Gilgit Baltistan

Lahore: The Punjab government has doubled the quota of students of Gilgit Balitistan in  in the educational institutes of the province including medical colleges, agricultural universities and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

The Punjab Health Department on Saturday issued a notification with a revised break-up of seats in medical and dental colleges of the province according to which the quota of northern areas students had been increased from existing 30 to 60 seats.

The seats have been increased from existing 25 to 50 for MBBS studies in nine medical colleges and from existing five to 10 for BDS studies in two dental colleges. For MBBS, the seats will be doubled from existing three to six in the King Edward Medical University, Lahore, from existing one to two in the Nishtar Medical College, Multan, from three to six in Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, from two to four in the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, from four to eight in the Rawalpindi Medical College, from existing three to six in the Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, from four to eight in the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, from three to six in the Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, and from two to four in the Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahimyar Khan.

For BDS, the seats will be doubled from existing three to six in de’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore, and from existing two to four in the Nishtar Medical College (Dental Section), Multan. The students of northern areas shall receive free education until the completion of their academic courses as they will not be charged any tuition fee during their studies in medical colleges of Punjab.

Meanwhile, Tayyaba Rasool, daughter of Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Skardu, Baltistan, ID Card No. 71103-8141617-4, presently residing in Wahdat Colony, Lahore, who had passed her FSc in first position from the Government Girls College, Skardu, Baltistan, and also passed the medical entrance test in Punjab, complained that she had been denied admission to medical colleges of the province in violation of the orders of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. She alleged that officials of the Directorate Education, Gilgit, had only recommended the children of their relatives or other influential personalities of the northern areas to the disadvantage of competent students belonging to the poor segments of Gilgit, Baltistan. Tayyaba also regretted that she was also denied a meeting with Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif when she tried to approach him for justice. She demanded the chief minister to grant her admission to a medical college of Punjab to save her future. Courtesy The News

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