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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 PMDC.

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 regard.

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 medical institutes.
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