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PMDC cancels college admissions
Lahore, Sep 18: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
has cancelled all admissions made by University Medical & Dental
College, Faisalabad, warning 23 other private institutions in Punjab of
disciplinary action for violating the council's regulations.
The PMDC has acted against 24 out of total 40 recognised private
sector medical and dental institutions in Punjab on receiving complaints
that these institutes started the admission process a week before
entrance test date in 'blatant' violation of council's regulations
formulated to ensure transparency and merit.
The PMDC was of the view these institutes would not be allowed to play with the future of the medical students.
There are 3,050 total MBBS seats available with 28 medical colleges
in private sector and 715 BDS slots with dental institutions. The
entrance test for admissions to MBBS/BDS will be held on Sept 22.
"Prima facie it seems that you have violated the PMDC regulations and
so all your admissions and admission process done before October 31 are
hereby cancelled and you are directed to start admission process afresh
with a fresh advertisement for admission in order to avoid invoking of
Section 25 of Medical & Dental Council (Amendment) Act 2012 which
amended the Section 22 of the PM&DC Ordinance, 1962", PMDC registrar
warned principal of the University Medical & Dental College,
Faisalabad, through a letter dated Sept 6.
PMDC Registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood has also reproduced in this
regard Para-3 (3) of the regulation, "(3) Private medical and dental
institutions in all provinces shall advertise for admission of students
only after the determination of final order of merit by the respective
provincial testing/admission authorities or 31st October whichever is
earlier. They will not conduct their own entry test and shall form final
merit by utilising the Provincial/government/NTS test result in their
province/territory, however, they may conduct the aptitude test and
interview as per these rules."
According to the documents (a copy of which is also available with
Dawn) the PMDC has warned the heads of the private institutions that the
admissions made by institutes or advertisement before given deadline
(Oct 31) will be considered a violation of the regulations of the
council, the only statutory, regulatory and registration authority for
medical and dental education and practitioners in the country.
The private medical and dental institutions which received PMDC
alerts and warnings include Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College
(Lahore), Central Park Medical College (Lahore), Institute of Dentistry,
CMH Medical College (Lahore), Multan Medical and Dental College
(Multan), Avicenna Medical College (Lahore), Shalamar Medical and Dental
College (Lahore), Lahore Medical and Dental College (Lahore), FMH
College of Medicine and Dentistry (Lahore), Margalla College of
Dentistry (Rawalpindi), Wah Medical College (Wah Cantt), Sharif Medical
& Dental College (Lahore), Continental Medical College (Lahore),
Independent Medical College (Faisalabad), Rashid Medical College
(Lahore), Islam Medical College (Sialkot), Pak Red Crescent Medical
& Dental College (Lahore), Hashmat Medical & Dental College
(Gujrat) and Aziz Fatimah Medical & Dental College (Faisalabad).
"This is to inform you that PMDC is receiving complaints regarding
admission in private medical and dental colleges before 31st October as
per admission in MBBS/BDS courses and condition for house
job/internship/foundation year regulations you are required to implement
the regulations in letter and spirit, otherwise disciplinary action
shall be initiated against violators," the letter reads.
The registrar further said: "The provincial authority/NTS shall
complete all formalities, including holding of entry test and
declaration of its result for admission of public medical and dental
colleges before 31st October each year or within four weeks of
declaration of the result of F.Sc. by the Higher Secondary
Education/intermediate boards, whichever is earlier, so that the final
merit list of public colleges reaches PMDC before October 31. The
provincial central admission authority/NTS shall form the final merit
for admission in medical and dental colleges after giving due weightage
to matric/equivalent F.Sc.
Intermediate/HSSC equivalent and the entry test marks as given in these
regulations. Private medical and dental institutions in all provinces
shall advertise for admission of students only after the determination
of final order of merit by the respective provincial testing/admission
authorities or Oct 31, whichever is earlier."
Earlier, the University of Health Sciences (UHS) had also directed
these medical institutes in August this year to follow the rules and
regulations of the PMDC in letter and spirit otherwise any step may
jeopardise the student's future. Dawn
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Professor's son recovered
Nawabshah: Son of a professor who had been kidnapped last month was freed by police on
Monday. Shuja Shaikh, 13, son of Professor Dr Shamsuddin Shaikh, was
found being held hostage by his kidnappers at a house in Hyderabad,
Matiari SSP, Amjad Shaikh, said. Four alleged kidnappers were also
arrested and weapons recovered from their possession. The news
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SU students protest shortage of teachers
Mirpurkhas: Students of Sindh University, Mirpurkhas
campus, observed a token hunger strike and held a demonstration here in
front of the local press club on Monday in protest against shortage of
teachers and other facilities on the campus.
Under the banner of a students' action committee, dozens of students
led by Mansoor Qumbhar, Mansoor Chandio and Azad Sindhi observed the
token hunger strike.
Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz district president Yousuf Mangrio and other activists also joined the protest.
Carrying banners and placards, the protesters were raising slogans against the administration of the Mirpurkhas campus.
Addressing the protesters, action committee president Mansoor Qumbhar
alleged that there was an acute shortage of teachers and only a point
bus was running for providing transport facilities to students. There
was a need of at least three buses in the city, he said.
He claimed that proper books were not available for research work in
the library and students were compelled to arrange the required books
from other libraries.
He said students had been holding protests for one week. They had
requested the pro vice chancellor of the campus to resolve their
problems, but when he failed, students were compelled to launch a
protest campaign against the Mirpurkhas campus administration.
He demanded that the chief minister and other authorities immediately solve their problems on a priority basis.
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Teachers want promotions
Sukkur: A large number of primary schoolteachers took
out a procession under the banner of Mehran Teachers Association in
Jacobabad on Monday in protest against the education department's
failure to promote them to next higher grade.
The procession marched on different roads before arriving at the
press club where the protesters observed a token hunger strike for two
The protesters' leaders told journalists that the teachers who had
bought jobs after paying huge bribes to corrupt officers were being
promoted in violation of principles of merit while senior teachers
recruited on merit were being ignored.
They demanded the department award promotions to senior teachers to
next higher posts purely on the basis of merit and warned they would
continue protest and token hunger strike if the demand was not met. Dawn
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