OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Entry test for admission in public and private medical colleges of Punjab will be held on September 13 in 12 cities. As many as 24 examination centres have also been set up for this purpose, said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Sharif said that students will be given admission in all private and public medical and dental colleges on the basis of the merit formulated through the entry test held by University of Health Sciences. This policy, he added, would be implemented strictly. He directed to constitute a special committee headed by Chief Secretary which will submit recommendations regarding action taken against the institutions involved in violating the rules and regulations and merit policy. He was presiding over a meeting held to review the arrangements for entry test in public and private medical and dental colleges of the province, here on Monday. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that it had been decided that besides all public medical colleges of the province, admission would also be given to the candidates on the basis of merit through entry test in private medical colleges. Shahbaz said that quota system and special seats had been abolished for the reason that it violated merit and was against the right of deserving candidates and the same policy of admission has been enforced in engineering universities. He said that there is mushroom growth of educational institutions in the province. Some of them neither have any charter nor fulfill the prescribed rules and regulations. These institutions not only are charging heavy amounts from students, but also destroying our education sector in the name of education.. But he said that the educational institutions fulfilling the prescribed rules and regulations and helping the government for promotion of quality education will be encouraged. Shahbaz Sharif said that in the past, doctors completing their education from medical colleges of Pakistan won laurels for the country. Now, we have also to equip the new generation [of doctors] with the latest knowledge on the same pattern so that they can serve the ailing humanity with more dedication. He said that best arrangement should be made for entry test of male and female students and merit policy formulated on the basis of entry test to be held on September 13 should be implemented strictly in public and private medical colleges. The Chief Minister also directed to take strict action against the officers for not ensuring the implementation on merit lists in private medical colleges.