LAHORE The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has changed its merit policy at the eleventh hour for entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS only to accommodate students from a specific class of the society while leaving in lurch a good number of others who belong to middle class and have extraordinary marks in FSc. It may be mentioned that in the past the UHS used to consider 70 percent marks of FSC and 30 percent of entrance test passed by applicants to prepare merit list for admissions. But this year, the policy has been changed all of a sudden. Now, weightage of FSc marks will be 40 percent, entrance test 50, and matriculation 10 percent. A student, Arslan says that all this has been done to oblige those students who did A-level. What sort of merit policy is this wherein a girl who stood at the top in her FSc examination in Multan Board, cannot pass the entrance test, commented another student. A student who got 71 percent marks in the UHS entrance test states that he is not hopeful of getting admission in any public medical college, adding that his parents are ready to sale their house only for admitting him to a private medical college. Parents of such students are seeking help from courts, the media and government institutions to get future of their children saved by holding the UHS responsible for this new criterion. It is pertinent to mention here that private medical colleges are receiving Rs 0.5 million as annual fee excluding college fee, hostel dues and other expenses. The UHS conducted another entrance test on October 14, in accordance with the Lahore High Court orders. The test was open to the students who could not take the July 20 entrance test, and all candidates who secured 60 percent or more in FSc or equivalent examination. This year, due to litigation, admissions to public medical and dental colleges have been delayed. According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) regulations, private colleges cannot start their admission process and ask students to deposit fees before merit list for public colleges is displayed. But certain private colleges have completed their admission process and are now asking for admission fees.