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Lahore, Oct 05: The private medical colleges in Punjab have agreed to stop their admission process and will not ask the applicants and their parents to deposit dues before the display of first merit list for the public-sector medical and dental colleges across the province.
The private medical and dental colleges also agreed in principle to centralise their admission process by voluntarily handing over their MBBS and BDS admissions to the University of Health Sciences. The UHS will complete the admission procedures the same way it does for public-sector institutes, says a press release.
The decisions were taken at a meeting (held on Friday) which was chaired by UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof M.H. Mubashar. The principals and representative of the 14 affiliated private medical and dental colleges attended the meeting.
Prof Mubashar said the university would conduct another entrance test on Oct 14 in pursuance of the orders of the Lahore High Court for all those candidates who had secured 60 per cent or above marks in FSc or equivalent examination but could not earlier appear in the test conducted on July 20. He said admissions to public medical colleges were delayed this year because of litigation.
According to the regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), he said, the private colleges could not go for their admissions and ask people to deposit fees before the merit list of the public-sector colleges was displayed. But most private colleges were going contrary to the rules by seeking fees for admissions quite early, he said.
"Some of these applicants have scored very good marks in FSc examination and the central entrance test conducted by the UHS. But they are not sure whether or not they would get admission to any public medical college. They are, therefore, compelled to pay fees in the private colleges to secure seats," he said.
He further said the private colleges should wait until the admissions to the public-sector colleges were completed. And the representatives of the private colleges agreed to stop their admission process till the display of the first merit list for the government-run medical colleges, he added.
The participants also agreed that the private medical colleges would not give any weightage to the test they conduct. However, they could hold an 'aptitude interview' and give it an appropriate weightage which would be defined by the university. The merit list would be prepared according to the formula laid down by the PMDC according to which the weightage of matriculation would be 10 per cent, FSc (40 per cent) and that of centralised entrance test (50 per cent).
The participants were informed that under the PMDC regulations the private medical colleges were required to complete their admission process by Nov 30 and submit the list of their applicants and selected candidates to the university.
It was also observed that most private colleges had unlawfully introduced a category of 'overseas students' and the admissions under this category were usually made on the payment of donations and extraordinary fees. "The existing rules don't allow seats under any such category," the press release stated.
The participants decided to write to the Higher Education Commission and the Punjab government to create a new category of reserved seats for children of the expatriate Pakistanis.
The colleges were also directed to strictly follow the PMDC directions regarding fees and other charges. The council says: "No medical/dental institution in private sector shall charge fee more than Rs500,000 per year per student. This fee shall exclude university fee, taxes, hostel fee, transport fee and the one-time admission fee. One-time admission fee shall not exceed more than 15 per cent of the fee per annum.
"Copies of all receipts shall be submitted to the PMDC. Any monetary demand or any other charges or donations on any pretext other than the annual fee or any other non-compliance of these regulations shall be construed a major violation and shall make the institution liable for action under section 22 of the PMDC Ordinance 1962."
The private medical colleges' representatives were informed that the UHS syndicate at its 20th meeting held on Sept 21 last had directed the affiliation committee to inspect the private-sector colleges to assess their adherence to the rules and regulations defined by the UHS and the PMDC and report cases of violations to the syndicate to initiate disaffiliation proceedings according to section 40 of the UHS (Amendment) Act of 2009.
Prof Mubashar urged the private medical colleges to develop a code of ethics and strictly follow it.Your Comments
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