He gave these remarks while addressing a press conference that was called for briefing to media-men at the conclusion of the entry test at the conference room of Directorate General Public Relations Punjab. Secretary Health Punjab Hassan Iqbal, Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Maj. Gen. (R) Muhammad Aslam and Director General Public Relations Punjab Amjad Hussain were also present on the occasion.
Khalil Tahir Sindhu said that Christians and Muslims are equal for terrorists who shed their blood without any discrimination. He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has gone to address the session of General Assembly and timing of suicide attack at the Church at this occasion is very significant.
He said that Punjab government has offered all out cooperation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government and hospitals of Punjab are available for the treatment of the injured persons of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.
Earlier,the health minister said, In accordance with the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, provincial government is promoting merit, transparency and justice in every sector and conduct of entry test for admission in medical colleges is a proof of this fact.
The Minister informed that 20 centres and 43 sub-centres were set up in 12 cities of the province for the conduct of the entry test. He said that there are 3405 seats of MBBS in 17 public sector medical colleges in Punjab while the number of BDS seats in three dental colleges is 216. A total of 41677 candidates appeared for the entry test out of which 28316 were females and 13361 were males.
Khalil Tahir Sindhu said that Punjab Chief Minister has assigned duties to Provincial Secretaries, Commissioners, District Coordination Officers and other senior officers to oversee the entry test so that transparency and merit could be ensured.
Replying to a question, Secretary Health Hassan Iqbal said that ban on tuitions for preparation of entry test cannot be imposed however, academy mafia will not be allowed financial exploitation of the students. He said that open merit policy for admission in public sector medical colleges provides an opportunity to the students to display their talent.
Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Maj. Gen. (R) Muhammad Aslam said that the candidates are their own examiners and they can check their own papers by comparing the third copy of the answer sheet which they have taken with them with the answers available on the website of UHS. He said that disabled candidate of Rawalpindi was given the facility of writer. He said that external validation of the basic subjects has also been arranged by UHS from professors of the relevant subjects.