LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday reserved its verdict in some identical petitions challenging process of entry test for admission to medical colleges of the province. The petitioner Nazifa Fatima, a student of FSc, along with others contended through her counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique that the entry tests were being held prior to announcement of the FSc results and it deprived the petitioner of taking part in the said entry test for medical college. Petitioners counsel pleaded that conducting entry test in such a manner was violation of fundamental rights as envisaged in the Constitution and also a clear-cut violation of the mandatory instructions issued by the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC). The counsel further argued that all other provinces were having eligible criteria of 60 per cent marks in FSc and passing marks of 50 per cent in the entry test. Whereas the UHS and chairman admission board for medical/dental institutions of Punjab without any approval from the PMDC had adopted a 60 per cent marks eligibility criteria in year 2009. He also pointed out that in the same year, the respondents while going a step further and negating the regulations of PMDC, increased the passing marks from 40 to 60 per cent. Azhar Siddique advocate requested that the criteria for entry test given by the respondents should be declared illegal, in conflict of the Articles 9, 25, 37 and 38 of the Constitution and violation of the PMDC instructions. He said the respondents might be directed to act strictly according to law and follow the criteria for holding the entry test as laid down by the PMDC and directions be issued for holding entry test after the announcement of results of FSc. Registrar PMDC Dr Ahmad Nadeem had told the bench that council had issued unified rules and regulations for entry test in medical colleges throughout Pakistan. Punjab government and University of Health Sciences were duty bound to abide by these rules. As per PMDC criteria, a student who had passed exams of FSc (Pre-medical) and obtained 60 per cent marks, was eligible to appear in entry test. But Punjab government overlooked these rules and held entry test before the announcement of FSc result. He pleaded that result of entry test should be stopped because it would not provide equal opportunities to all students throughout Pakistan. The court had attached the result of the entry test with the final decision of the August court.