It will be first forensic laboratory of province of Sindh. The Government has decided to spend Rs 220m on its establishment at University of Karachi’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS).The forensic laboratory will be able to perform DNA examinations and tests. It was decided by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah during a meeting held on Sunday. The proposal of establishing forensic lab in Sindh was awaiting agreement for quite a long time, but this sudden implementation took place because of the occurrence of the unfortunate incident of deaths of two children in Sindh due to food poisoning after eating at DHA restaurant.
The Chief Secretary held a meeting to get detailed report on present DNA testing and analysis and research facility of Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) and University of Karachi. The VC of LUMHS informed the Chief Secretary that around 1,000 samples were sent to LUMHS for DNA analysis from 2015 till 2018. The present DNA testing facilities at KU and LUMHs are capable to conduct tests for academic research nut are impotent to undertake forensic analysis and testing. The samples of food and others required in the case of deaths of two children were sent for tests to Lahore Forensic Laboratory. Therefore, the Government of Sindh has finally decided to establish and upgrade the forensic laboratories in KU and LUMHS for DNA analysis in Sindh. The establishment of forensic laboratory will also enhance academic research facility of research programs of students.
Merit List for Private Medical Colleges Issued By the University of Health Sciences (UHS)
The list of selected candidates admitted in courses of MBBS and BDS for session 2018-19 in private medical and dental colleges of Punjab was issued on Friday by the University of Health Sciences (UHS). The merit list is finalized on the basis of criteria given by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).10% matriculation marks, 40% intermediate marks and 50% entrance test marks were added in the final result of candidates.
This year, private medical and dental colleges have issued merit list for the first time. The last merit for admissions in MBBS was closed at 80.4909 % and for admissions in BDS it closed at 78.6364%. The highest merit list for MBBS programs was by FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore closing at 88.1727 and least scoring merit list was by Sahara Medical College, Narowal closing at 80.4909%.
The highest merit list for BDS programs was again by FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore closing at 84.3818% and the least was by Bakhtawar Amin Medical & Dental College Multan closing at 80.4182%. This year, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had taken decision to conduct entrance examinations tests for private institutes as well to ensure unification of education system. Through this measure, the graduated doctors will have same academic standards as those studying in public institutes. There were complains of incompetency of ability of doctors studying in private medical colleges.
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