Admissions to 12 colleges and universities: 16,324 students to sit for UET’s entry test
* UET Vice Chancellor Muhammad Akram Khan for not abolishing entry test system
By Ali Waqar
LAHORE: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, will today (Sunday) conduct a combined entry test for admissions to various undergraduate courses in Punjab’s11 public sector universities and one private varsity for the year 2005.
The 80-minute objective type computerised entry test will be held in various cities across the province simultaneously at 9:00am.
The test is being held for securing admissions to engineering courses in the UET Lahore; UET Taxila; Punjab University (Faculty of Engineering); University College of Engineering and Technology, Bahauddin Zikrya University, Multan; University College of Engineering, Islamia University Bahawalpur; Institute of Space Science Technology, Islamabad (affiliated with UET Lahore); Rachna College of Engineering and Technology, Gujranwala (affiliated with UET Lahore); University of Central Punjab, Lahore; NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad (affiliated with UET Lahore); Wah College of Engineering (affiliated with UET Taxila); Garrison Science College for Boys, Lahore Cantt (affiliated with UET Lahore) for Computers Science admissions only; and Himayt-e-Islam Khawateen Degree College, Lahore (affiliated with UET Lahore) for Computer Science admissions.
This is the first time that UET will hold entry test centres in all provincial capitals and major cities of Punjab. Out of a total of 16,324 candidates across Pakistan, 8,521 will appear in UET Lahore; 4,004 in UET Taxila; 1,926 in BZU Multan; 905 in Faisalabad; 455 in Bahawalpur; 332 in Karachi; 153 in Peshawar; and 28 in Quetta. The university has managed 150 sub-ceneters in UET Lahore, 80 in UET Taxila; 23 in Multan; 11 in Faisalabad; 19 in Bahawalpur; and one each in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.
The test will be held with the following combinations: Physics, Mathematics, English and Chemistry; Physics, Mathematics, English and Computer Science; and Physics, Mathematics, English and Statistics. The candidates who got test registration documents from a particular university/institution will have to appear in the examination centers arranged by the same university/institution.
This is also the first time that the UET Lahore is conducting this test for all engineering departments and colleges in public sector universities and colleges in Punjab and the University of Central Punjab, Lahore. “This has been done on special instructions of Punjab Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool to streamline the admissions to all engineering-related courses being offered by all public sector colleges and universities in the province,” UET Lahore Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Khan told Daily Times on Saturday.
The number of total seats including 1,423 of UET Lahore might cross 3,000, the VC said, adding, this entry test, gradually, would become a regular feature for admissions to engineering education in the public sector as the entry test for admissions to medical colleges is being conducted every year.
The VC said that the entry test’s result would be declared by September 5, as the admission process in all colleges and universities was scheduled for completion next month. He said the UET Lahore itself had fixed September 13 for displaying the first merit list for undergraduate admissions to all departments.
The VC said the entry test was transparent and secrecy was strictly maintained. He believed that only those candidates pointed fingers at the system could not get admissions. He said the ratio of the entry test to FSc marks was 30:70 and that the government should not alter it.
He said the entrance test system was internationally and nationally recognised in all private sector universities too. He said almost every university conducted admissions tests. “There is nothing wrong with this entry test system,” he said.