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PMDC, HEC in row over Cuba scholarships

Lahore, April 24, 2008: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has locked horns with the Higher Education Commission over sending students to Cuba for pursuing medical education (MBBS).

The controversy may trigger the recognition issue for those returning home with medical education credentials from Cuba.

The PMDC claims that the HEC had sent a good number of students to Cuba without taking it into confidence. The HEC, however, counters the claim by saying that it had taken NOC from the council in this regard.

The HEC had sent 354 students to Cuba for MBBS on scholarships (offered to it by the Cuban government) in 2005 and 2006 and it is set to dispatch another batch of 600 students there for the purpose.

Having qualms about the medical education standards in Cuba, the PMDC sprung into action at its last meeting held in Islamabad and "asked the HEC not to send more students to Cuba unless the council gives permission and proper eligibility of the students to take the registration examination (of the council) on their return."

The council's executive committee also expressed displeasure over the issue and wondered as to how the matter of such a serious nature was dealt at secretariat level and was not brought to the notice of the council.

The PMDC constituted a two-member team, comprising Prof Abdul Malik Achakzai, principal of Bolan Medical College, Quetta; and Prof Masood Hamid Khan, vice-chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences; and sent it to Cuba to inspect facilities and standards of education besides living conditions being provided to the Pakistani students.

The committee will submit its recommendations to the council reportedly in the first week of next month regarding the eligibility of these students for taking the National Examination Board test for consideration and necessary action by the council.

On the other hand, HEC Adviser (Human Resource Development) Dr S.M. Raza said that it had taken NOC from the PMDC. He said the Cuban government had provided it with 1,000 scholarships and the healthcare standards there were even better than the USA's. Therefore, he said, there was no question of poor quality of medical education being imparted by institutions there.

Dr Raza said: "The PMDC is not a competent authority to give it directions and if it has any objection to the programme, it should come through either the prime minister or health ministry." He said the HEC had borne the expenses of the team sent by the PMDC to Cuba to judge the standard of medical education.

Your Comments
"i m one of teh selected student of batch 11. who have face the delay of departure to cuba on future light to dark on present plzz solution to overcome this matter its right to human."
Name: muhammad nawaz
City, Country: kohistan , Pakistan

"date of test in pakistan?eligibilty for scholarship?"
Name: naeem abbas
City, Country: vehari , Pakistan

"it is not a good step from PMDC, PMDC should made an increment in the total seats of medical colleges. Bcz seats are very less and most of the students remain unadmitted in institutions, and now it has locked the doors for those who can go cuba."
Name: Adil Malik
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan

"I am the student of medical and passed my F.Sc with 86% marks and due to less seats in pakistan I am able to get admission but due to this unfortunate .I could not get the admission .So, i wanna come to cuba. But the admission date is over. So , help me to make my future bright instead of being in dark."
Name: Sherien Bukhat
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan

"I got 77.7 percent marks in here i couldnt get admission due to limitted seats and now i want to go to cuba and do my my sister has applied two years before but she wasnt given the chance .bt i want to go .i m crazy about medical.plz tell me how can it be possibel.Help me out."
Name: sara hussam
City, Country: peshawar, Pakistan

"plz help me to get admission in cuba on scholarship.i want to study mbbs but in pakistan limited seats i cant get admission here so plz reply me and tell me the procedure to apply for mbbs on scholarship. "
Name: poshmal usman
City, Country: Pakistan

"hi everyone my brother applied for scholarship for medical in cuba now he is in cuba if u want to get the forms and information scholarships forms are avaliable at universal translation house "
Name: aisha
City, Country: lahore

"if any body wants to apply for scholarships in Cuba and loking for application form contact Universal Translation house"
Name: hamza
City, Country: lahore

Name: fakhar un nisa
City, Country: faisalabad &pakistan

"how can i get admission in cuba medical, plzzzz send me the procedure of admission"
Name: nimra khan
City, Country: peshawer

"I got 85percent marks in F.Sc but i could not get admission to MBBS in Pakistan.I am worried about my future, kindly guide me about any scholarship of MBBS in anywhere. I will be very thankfull to you."
Name: Muhammad Saddam Hussain
City, Country: D.G.Khan,Pakistan

"i m student of fsc pre medical.i did not admission in any Govt,medcal plz guide me 2 take adm n any medical college"
Name: Sayed Arif Akhtar
City, Country: peshawar,pakistan

"if PMDC is nt gving athourity to HEC thn nobody go there caz there r alot of troubles abt study and health and also education."
Name: waqas
City, Country: lahore/pakistan

"i wanna be a dr for helping of poors"
Name: vinod
City, Country: karachi pakistan

"hi iam tariq from sukkur Pakistan i want to free scholarships in Cuba for mbbs plz tell me how can i apply email"
Name: tariq
City, Country: sukkur, pakistan

"i want to know about the date and all the procedure of the test in pakistan for admission in cuba , i got 84% marks in fsc 924 and seriously willing to take admission in cuba but dont know how to apply , please any body reply me to this e mail"
Name: rafay
City, Country: multan Pakistan

"i want to get admission in cuba for m.b.b.s how can i achieve dis plz. guide me"
Name: lajpat rai
City, Country: hyderabad pakistan

"salam...... plz tell me whole information abot test dates issue date of forms and other related information. thank you"
Name: ahmad nabi
City, Country:peshawar, pakistan

"irespected sir i want to do mbbs from cuba on scholarship..i got 82% in fsc.plz guide me how can i apply there.......plzzzzzz"
Name: ehtesham butt
City, Country:gujranwala,pakistan

"How can i apply in cuba..please guide me and let me know the procedure of admission?"
Name: Sidra Batool
City, Country:sukkur pakistan

"i m getting worried about my future i scored 82% in Fsc but i failed to get admission in PAK so i need a scholarship for MBBS"
Name: wajahat hussain
City, Country:islamabad

"sir i got 62.6% in HEC part 2! i want to take a admission in cuba & how am i take admission. Plzz inform me! sir plzz give me admission in cuba i will be very thankfull to you! "
Name: ShahBux Shaikh
City, Country: Mirpurkhas, Pakistan

Scholarships not for Tevta students
Dera Ghazi Khan: Hundreds of students of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) institutions in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur have been denied scholarships by the Religious Affairs Ministry for the past year.

There are 24 Tevta institutions 13 in Dera Ghazi Khan and 11 in Rajanpur. The Central Zakat Council changed the policy of giving scholarships to the students of technical institutions, which affected hundreds of students who were earlier benefiting from scholarships.

The head of TEVTA institutions of both districts, Farooq Ahmed Awan, said that 4,250 had applied for scholarship but the authorities declined their requests.

District Zakat Committee Chairman Akhuwand Sajid Majeed said that council had changed its policy regarding the dispensing of scholarships to Tevta institutions. Now, scholarships will only be awarded to the institutions running under the supervision of the District Zakat Committee. Dawn

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