UHS committee approves new data security steps for MDCAT


City Reporter

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has taken a number of steps to enhance data security in the aftermath of the MDCAT paper leak episode.
The Security Advisory Committee constituted for this purpose met for the first time at UHS with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Faisal Masud in the chair. The members included Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Punjab Additional Director Farid Shah, Deputy Director Jamil Meo and Deputy Director Sarfraz Ch, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Joint Director Badar Munir and representative of Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA).
Moreover, special advisors to VC UHS on MDCAT, Professor of Surgery from Service Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Lahore Dr Waris Farooqa and Professor of Gynaecology from Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) Dr Zohra Khanum were also present.
It was decided in the meeting that all the work related to the MDCAT question paper preparation will be done on special stand alone computer with no provision of internal or external data sharing. The task will be completed under low resolution CCTV cameras. Besides, latest, high resolution CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the sealed area. The UHS VC will himself monitor these cameras.
The members also agreed that to ensure data security, the representatives of PITB and PFSA will remain present in the University round the clock till the test is conducted.
It was also decided to get the security clearance from agencies of all the staff of the university who is associated with the task of conducting MDCAT.
The agencies will also collect complete information about the assets of the staff members involved in secrecy work. The new security system will also monitor the information shared, communicated through calls, text messages, WhatsApp and any other activity that is done through gadgets including laptops, cell phones and any other means of communication.