Govt approves KEMC degrees
LAHORE, April 16(Daily Times): The MBBS and BDS degrees issued by
the King Edward Medical College (KEMC) from 1860 to January 5, 2006 (the date
when it was made a university), are approved and recognised by the government,
stated an official notification issued on Friday.
The decision was held
according to the 2005 and 2006 judgments of a full bench of the Supreme Court.
This was done after the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) vice chancellor
wrote a letter to the health secretary to add KMEC (1860 to 2006) and the KEMU
in the first schedule of Section 11 of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
(PMDC). The schedule provides a list of all degrees recognised by the
A notification issued by the Health Ministry on March 26, 2007
reads: "In pursuance of Section 11 of the Pakistan and Medical Dental Council
Ordinance 1962, in consultation with PMDC, the federal government has approved
the KEMC, Lahore, to impart training for MBBS degree awarded by the Punjab
University, Lahore, since 1860 to January 5, 2006. The federal government
directs that any entry be made in the last column of the First Schedule by
including the name of KEMC under the PU."
The ministry issued another
notification on April 10 (Tuesday) with similar instructions in this
The new PMDC management had been debating for the past two years
that the KEMU should be inspected and recognition by the council. However,
according to the PMDC Ordinance 1962, it is not an inspecting authority, but a
recommendatory body set up by the government to register the qualifications of