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PMDC tells private medical colleges to ensure merit

ISLAMABAD, Aug 21: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has warned private medical and dental colleges not to sell prospectuses to candidates having less than 60 percent marks in the FSc (pre-medical) examination.

Boards of intermediate and secondary education recently announced FSc results across the country, after which private and government medical and dental colleges are giving out prospectuses. The PMDC supervises medical education in government and private colleges across the country.

Hina Shaukat, an official of the PMDC, said on Monday that the council had noticed that some private medical and dental colleges were selling prospectuses to candidates even if their marks were less than 60 percent, which she said, was violation of the PMDC rules.

She said most students trying to get admissions in these colleges were from rich families and could afford expensive education on self-finance basis. Such students cannot meet the merit of government colleges, she said.

She said many students, who could not get admissions in Pakistani colleges, moved to central Asian states where tuition fee of medical education was lower and admission was easy.

She warned that below-the-merit students would not be recognised as doctors by the PMDC even if they had managed to get admission in private medical and dental colleges.

She said a doctor or dentist had to get himself registered with the PMDC for practice under the Pakistani laws. She said private institutions were selling prospectuses to candidates just to bag money.

She warned that parents should not try to seek admissions in medical colleges for their children if their marks were less than 60 percent as it was not authorised.

She said students intending to go abroad for medical education should also take permission from the PMDC. Daily times
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