PMA opposes early revision of MBBS curriculum
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25: The Pakistan Medical
Association (PMA) has opposed the review of the MBBS syllabus by Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) just within three years of its
PMA General Secretary Dr Khalid Randhawa while talking on Friday said the syllabus, last revised in 2004, was circulated in
private and government medical colleges in 2005 and implemented in
"It is ridiculous and a joke with MBBS students who have received
the new syllabus just one year ago and now have been told that their syllabus
was under review once again," said Randhawa.
He said the strange move
would not only disturb the students but also send a negative message abroad
where Pakistan's medical education standard was already seen with
He said that the revision would earn a bad name for the
profession in the country and abroad.
Randhawa said that the PMDC had
mortgaged itself to owners of private medical colleges who wanted to protect
their interests through syllabus revision.
He said the PMDC had recently
recognised many substandard medical colleges in a single day though their
applications for recognition were with the PMDC for the last five
He said the PMA should be involved in the syllabus revision
because it represented the country's entire medical organisations.
PMDC official, on condition of anonymity, said that the council
could revise the MBBS curriculum only once in five years.
He said that
under the rules, the PMDC curriculum committee had revised the MBBS curriculum
in 2004 and it could only revise the curriculum after 2009. He said revision of
curriculum within five years would be a violation of the rules.
contacted, PMDC Secretary Dr Nadeem Akbar said that it was a misunderstanding
that the PMDC was revising the curricula. The PMDC does not want to revise the
curriculum, he said, adding that it was only reviewing the curriculum to improve
He said the PMDC was not violating any rules by changing the
curriculum but the revision might take place beyond 2009 and even 10 years to
finalise it. He said that the students would study the old curriculum.
said that up till now they had taken all decisions in consultation with all
organisations concerned and the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Daily times
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