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PMA opposes early revision of MBBS curriculum

ISLAMABAD, Aug 25: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has opposed the review of the MBBS syllabus by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) just within three years of its revision.

PMA General Secretary Dr Khalid Randhawa while talking on Friday said the syllabus, last revised in 2004, was circulated in private and government medical colleges in 2005 and implemented in 2006.

"It is ridiculous and a joke with MBBS students who have received the new syllabus just one year ago and now have been told that their syllabus was under review once again," said Randhawa.

He said the strange move would not only disturb the students but also send a negative message abroad where Pakistan's medical education standard was already seen with suspicion.

He said that the revision would earn a bad name for the profession in the country and abroad.

Randhawa said that the PMDC had mortgaged itself to owners of private medical colleges who wanted to protect their interests through syllabus revision.

He said the PMDC had recently recognised many substandard medical colleges in a single day though their applications for recognition were with the PMDC for the last five years.

He said the PMA should be involved in the syllabus revision because it represented the country's entire medical organisations.

An PMDC official, on condition of anonymity, said that the council could revise the MBBS curriculum only once in five years.

He said that under the rules, the PMDC curriculum committee had revised the MBBS curriculum in 2004 and it could only revise the curriculum after 2009. He said revision of curriculum within five years would be a violation of the rules.

When contacted, PMDC Secretary Dr Nadeem Akbar said that it was a misunderstanding that the PMDC was revising the curricula. The PMDC does not want to revise the curriculum, he said, adding that it was only reviewing the curriculum to improve it.

He said the PMDC was not violating any rules by changing the curriculum but the revision might take place beyond 2009 and even 10 years to finalise it. He said that the students would study the old curriculum.

He said that up till now they had taken all decisions in consultation with all organisations concerned and the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Daily times
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