PMDC or Juma Bazaar of easy degrees
PMDC turning into a Juma Bazaar of easy degrees
Islamabad, July 27: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has again been caught red
handed while issuing fake registration to doctors and this time, the
person who committed the crime has also been identified with all the
One Sarhad University imparting medical
education at masters level (Master's of Public Health) since long was
unable to get recognition from the PMDC because of many deficiencies in
its faculty and infrastructure. However, all these difficulties vanished
on April 18, 2012, the day Ms Firdous Ashiq Awan became federal
minister of a newly established ministry of 'National Regulations and
Services', which was supposed to control many 'gold-mines', including
the regulator of medical education in the country-PMDC.
a shocking revelation, a doctor who got the degree admitted that though
his was the first case of registration with PMDC but after his
recognition many other students of the same university were registered
for the same programme by the present PMDC management.
closed case of this University, based in Peshawar, was reopened and the
master's programme of Public Health offered at one of its Islamabad
Campus was "recognised" by the PMDC. The Supreme Court ordered the FIA
in the last week of June to investigate corruption of billions of rupees
allegedly committed by Ms Firdous by manoeuvrings matters in the drug
regulatory authority and by recognising fake medical colleges.
save whatever was done during her tenure in the ministry and its
attached departments, the former minister, in collaboration with an
ex-adviser having big interests in the private medical education sector,
got favoured officials appointed in the PMDCand drug related
authorities, so they could manage to hide or cover up mega corruption
done during all this period. A presidential ordinance was managed to be
issued in February 2013 to appoint one Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood as chief
(administrator) of the PMDC. The wonderful and clean PLM-N government
has reappointed the same Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood as registrar in blatant
violation of Islamabad High Court's orders.
Kamal, a medico-legal officer at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
(PIMS) got admission in 2008 in Sarhad University, Peshawar (Islamabad
Campus), in Master's of Public Health (MPH), a two-years degree
programme. Dr Farrukh completed his course work in mid 2010 and also
completed his thesis. However, as the PMDC rejected the case of
recognition of this university's degree because of many deficiencies, no
PMDC registration could be issued to Dr Kamal and his classfellows.
after Dr Firdous tenure in the ministry and thanks to the efforts of
the ex-adviser, the university finally got recognition on June 14, 2012.
According to a well-planned strategy, "important students" of this
university re-submitted their thesis after the university was recognized
by Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
However, even after this clever
move, the PMDC registration of these doctors was not possible as the
law requires that for registration, the course work must have been
completed in the duration for which the said institution was recognised
by PMDC. In this case, coursework was completed in 2010 while the
university was recognized in June 2012. It is yet another separate story
that during the time Dr Farrukh used to attend classes as per record of
this university, he was also on duty as per the record of PIMS.
Dr Farrukh applied for the registration of his master's degree in the
PMDC as his university got recognition, as it was illegal, the then
registrar rejected the request of registration through letter No PF
PGQ.12-F-2013 (19384-P)15432 by declaring that "the study and the degree
is of a time where the institute was not recognized in terms of Section
16 of the PM&DC Ordinance 1962 and so, it cannot be registered."
Farrukh was very close to the then powerful adviser of the government,
and the adviser had also called the then registrar to register his
degree, but the 'order', being illegal, was ignored.
according to the usual game-plan in such cases, Dr Farrukh moved the
IHC and sought his PMDC registration. The IHC summoned comments from the
PMDC. As it was completely illegal and PMDC's ex-registrar had already
rejected this registration on the basis of rules and regulations and
comments were to be submitted before a high court, the PMDC in its reply
submitted before the IHC, stated that registration was not possible
because law did not permit the same.
The PMDC, in its
reply, submitted before the IHC that the study period of Dr Farrukh
Mehmood (2008 to 2010) was at a time when Sarhad University was not
recognized. However, the PMDC added in the last para of its reply that
petitioner's representation is pending before the Standing Recognition
Committee of PMDC. After the categorical PMDC response that registration
of Dr Farrukh's master's degree was not possible under law, the IHC
disposed of the petition on April 4, 2013, with the directions that the
Standing Recognition Committee should decide the representation within
Dr Amjad Mehmood, who was chief (administrator)
of PMDC and was controlling the said Standing Recognition Committee,
immediately registered Dr Farrukh's fake degree and this has become
first big case of "fake registration of doctors" during the new
Dr Farrukh Kamal said that he gave one exam and submitted his thesis after the
recognition of his university. He admitted that he got admission back in
2008 in a two-year degree programme but argued that degrees often take
more time as prescribed in the programme.
Asked if it was
true that more time was consumed to complete degrees in some instances
but under the law, for the PMDC registration, coursework had to be
completed in the duration in which the said university was recognized by
the council, Dr Farrukh insisted that if degree completion date
mentioned is after recognition of the university then it is fine.
Farrukh said that PMDC recognised Sarhad University on July 12, 2011,
and the ministry gave final approval on June 14, 2012, and it is the
decision of the PMDC executive committee to register any student who
completed his degree after July 12, 2011.
revelation, Dr Farrukh admitted that though his was the first case of
registration with PMDC but after his recognition many other students of
the same university were registered for the same programme by the
present PMDC management.
Conveniently, those who got registration of this fake degree also include close relatives of the top PMDC officials.
the PML-N government order a probe and arrest the person engineered
this fake doctor's registration remains to be seen. It is important to
mention that The News had reported registration of some 13 fake doctors
by PMDC on February 24, 2013, and despite the fact that police has
concluded its investigations, not a single person involved in this crime
against humanity has been arrested so far.
Dr Raja Amjad
Mehmood, former administrator and presently working as PMDC registrar said that he was not responsible for the recognition of Sarhad
University and that it was recognized by his predecessors. "I could not
be held responsible for recognition of Sarhad University," Dr Raja
According to documents, available with the
PMDC, "he has completed his degree" after the recognition of the
university.Asked about the documents present in the PMDC record, which
showed that Dr Farrukh had taken admission in a two-year degree course
in 2008 and completed his course work in 2010 and that by only
re-submitting the thesis after recognition of the university, he was not
fulfilling the basic requirement, Dr Raja Amjad said in a somewhat
threatening tone: "You are working against me. I will bring evidence
against you on record at an appropriate time."
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PMDC rebuts fake degrees report, blames IHC
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Counsel (PMDC) has issued a 'rebuttal'
in response to report on the fake degrees registration scandal and has unjustifiably put the whole blame of the
scam on the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
release by the PMDC on Friday says: "The PMDC Registrar Dr Raja Amjad
Mehmood has strongly denied the news while saying that the facts have been twisted and a crafted news
has been published without any confirmation from the concerned
organisation i.e. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC).
the PM&DC stance regarding the allegations about the Sarhad
University masters level (Masters of Public Health) programme, Dr Amjad
said that Sarhad University Islamabad campus was inspected on 12th
September 2011 by the honourable inspector Prof Dr Akbar Khan Afridi
commissioned by the president PM&DC. As per the criteria and
procedure of the council recognition, the Postgraduate Medical Education
Committee has considered the inspection report and recommended the SU
Islamabad Campus MPH programme on 24th September 2011 and it was dully
approved by council in its subsequent meeting.
pertinent to mention here that the same was notified by the Ministry of
National Health Regulations and Services on June 14, 2012 approving the
programme as 'as and when granted on 12th July 2011'.
Raja Amjad further said that the case of Farrukh Kamal, (as described
wrongly in the news report by Mr Ahmed Noorani), was regretted by the
council for his postgraduate qualification of MPH in the programme prior
to the date of recognition. However, the Islamabad High Court, while
hearing the petition filed by Farrukh Kamal, has directed the council
'to dispose of the representation/appeal of the petitioner expeditiously
within the period of one month'. The matter was taken up by the
executive committee in its meeting held on 6th May, 2013 wherein the
executive committee 'decided to comply with the decision of the
honourable Islamabad High Court, Islamabad in the light of the
notification of the Ministry of National Health Services and Regulations
to register those degree holders who obtained degrees as and when
granted on or after 12th July 2011'. Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood added."
Noorani adds: PMDC 'rebuttal' simply repeats the facts given in The
News story and acknowledges all corruption allegations. Nothing given in
this PMDC statement is wrong except levelling the allegations and
shifting the whole responsibility of this terrible scandal of Pakistan's
medical history on the honourable IHC.
Through this act,
the regulator of medical education in Pakistan, PMDC, has registered
fake Masters level degrees of dozens of doctors who in fact had studied
the courses years before the recognition of their private university by
PMDC and the federal government.
As reproduced and
confirmed in the PMDC statement, the IHC judgement had only ordered, "to
dispose off the representation/appeal of the petitioner expeditiously
within the period of one month". After ex-registrar of PMDC refused to
register degree of Dr Farrukh for being not eligible, the latter filed
an appeal in the PMDC and the quoted IHC order simply asks PMDC to
decide that appeal and has not in any way given a verdict to recognise
or not to recognise a fake degree. Whether the IHC will take notice of
this allegation against it will become clear in the next few days.
to the PMDC law, rules and regulations, only degrees of the students
'admitted' after recognition of a college or university could be
registered. An institution recognised by PMDC but not approved by the
federal government is 'a non-recognised institution'. In this case, Dr
Farrukh and others took admission in 2008 in a two-year degree programme
which was to be completed in 2010 whereas the university was recognised
in June 2012.
Even Sarhad University (Islamabad Campus)
has come on record and has stated that its Masters programme was
recognized by HEC and was 'not recognised' by PMDC and all its students
who took admission in 2008 and afterwards were aware of the fact as the
said degree was for management purposes.
University further stated that it is also in its knowledge that degrees
of its students who study courses before the date of its recognition
from the PMDC could not be registered and PMDC management had conveyed
the same to it.
Sarhad University also added in
categorical words that issue of registration of degree of Dr Farrukh
Mehmood is an issue between Dr Farrukh and PMDC (Dr Amjad Mehmood) and
the Sarhad University had nothing to do with it.
University further added that the Peshawar campus of the university is
one of the best educational institutions for engineering and
pharmaceutical education among the private sector universities. It adds
that at Islamabad campus the degree of MPh was also recognised after
fulfilment of all prerequisites in 2011 by PMDC and was approved by the
federal government in June 2012.
It is important to add
that PMDC statement only discusses registration of degree of one Dr
Farrukh while The News story was about registration of many other old
degrees which were illegally and fraudulently registered after
registration of degree of Dr Farrukh using the name of IHC.
the categorical statement by Sarhad University everything is clear and
now it is for the PML-N's federal government and Federal Ministry of
National Regulations and Services to act against the corrupt elements
involved in this historic fraud and save the drowning repute of medical
education in Pakistan which once was considered one of the best in the
world. The news
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Extension in VC's tenure divides faculty in Gilgit varsity
Gilgit: The six months extension given to vice-chancellor of the Karakuram International University by President
Asif Ali Zardari has resulted in divisions among faculty, ruining the
educational environment of this newly established institution of higher
learning in the region.
During a meeting called the other day for nominating two faculty
members in the varsity senate turned into a battlefield as faculty
members came to blows and hurled abuses at each other.
"It looked like we were not in a university rather in the parliament
as the university staff has divided in favour and against the
vice-chancellor Dr Najma Najam," said a faculty member after the meeting
requesting not to be named.
Dr Najma has faced severe criticism over favouritism in recruitments and award of contracts.
Dr Najma was to complete her three-year tenure in June 2013. However,
she was given a six-month extension.
Spokesman of the university Shahid Ali told this correspondent that
the vice chancellor had recruited people without following proper
However, he said those recruited were not her relatives and that all
were retired faculty members who were hired to impart quality education
The university spokesman said a search committee had been constituted
to look for a suitable candidate for the vice-chancellor's post.
However, the anti-VC faculty members said the hired people were close friends of Dr Najma who were given undue favour. Dawn
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