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Supreme Court directs JMC to settle students' problems

Islamabad, Oct 25: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the administration of Jinnah Medical College (JMC), Peshawar, to resolve the problems being faced by its students and make proper arrangements to accommodate them in other private medical colleges.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, was hearing suo moto case of Jinnah Medical, Peshawar.

Students of Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar, had complained to SC Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that as their college was not recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and not affiliated with any medical college, their future was at stake.

They had requested the chief justice to direct the college administration to accommodate them in other private medical college so that their studies could not be affected.

Taking suo moto notice of the matter, the chief justice had summoned the management of the college and also appointed Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood as amicus curiae to assist the court in the case.

On Tuesday Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood, Sardar Khan advocate, counsel for the college and Major (r) Ishaq, principal of the college, appeared before the court.

The amicus curiae submitted before the court that the college administration has made fraud with the students as, he said, the college was established in a private bungalow, lacking basic facilities, which are required for the recognition by the PMDC.

He further informed the court that the PMDC had inspected the college but as no basic facilities were available at the college, it did not recognize the college.

Maria, student of 2nd year of the said college appeared before the court in person and alleged that the principal of the college had threatened that students who tried to leave the college would not be allowed to appear in the examination being held next month.

Sardar Khan, counsel for the college, while appearing before the court said that the college administration had wrote letters to private medical colleges in the province to accommodate its students; however, he said they refused the request of the college on the ground that as the college does not fulfill requirements, its students could not be given admissions.

He requested the court to issue directives to the PMDC for extending cooperation to the college so that the problems being faced by the students could be resolved.

At this, the chief justice observed that the college management has made a fraud with the students and looted their money. The chief Justice directed the college management if it cannot resolve the students' problems, it should return their money.

Meanwhile, the college management sought some time from the court for resolving the issue. The court, however, directed the college administration to settle the problems being faced by the students till November 1 and adjourned the hearing. The News

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