LAHORE - The secretary higher education has sent a set of proposals to the Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding combined entry test for admission in medical institutions of Punjab wherein he has recommended that all the medical colleges working under public sector universities, having affiliation with University of Health Sciences, be issued instructions to adopt joint procedure for admission as is being followed in other medical colleges in Punjab. He further proposed that all admissions would be placed at the disposal of University of Health Sciences for advertisement and merit formulation. It is worth mentioning here the UHS has announced September 27, 2009 for the entry test. For the first time it has also announced to conduct entry test for A-level students from their syllabus which was their longstanding demand. In a letter addressed to the chief minister, he said all the medical colleges working under private sector chartered universities having affiliation with the University of Health Sciences be issued instructions to entertain those applicants who have appeared in the combined entry test for admissions conducted by the UHS. The Punjab government in 2003 had issued a policy regarding entry test for admissions in engineering and medical institutions of Punjab. Since then many institutions have been set up under the purview of higher education department. Some newly established universities run medical colleges having affiliation with the UHS such as University of Sargodha and University of Gujrat. The secretary said it was observed that these institutions were unaware of government instructions and reports had been called from such universities in this regard. It is pertinent to add that many private sector universities are also running medical colleges affiliated with the UHS. Keeping in view the uniformity and transparency in admissions in all medical institutions, the secretary proposed that the chief minister might approve the above-mentioned proposals.