Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) warns students against opting for unrecognised medical colleges
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has advised students and parents not to take admission in unrecognised medical colleges.
Addressing a press conference, PMDC Registrar Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood along with PMDC Vice President Prof Awais said on Thursday there was a mafia misleading students and parents seeking medical profession and asked them to confirm the registration of medical colleges with the PMDC before taking admission.
Dr Amjad said that on the recommendation of the PMDC, the Peshawar High Court had stopped the Northern Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) from functioning.
He added the court, while endorsing the decision of the PMDC, directed all students of the NIMS to be adjusted in private medical colleges under the supervision of PMDC within 15 days in line with all the legal requirements.
Earlier, the PMDC had refused to recognise the college in 2008, as it did not comply with the inspection criteria of the council due to major deficiencies in its faculty and infrastructure, he added.
However, after overruling of the criteria and subsequent denial of no-objection certificate (NOC) from the PMDC, the college had enrolled around 390 students and kept functioning without the approval of the council.
Dr Amjad said that in a writ petition, submitted by the students of the college, the Peshawar High Court had ordered that students of the final year, who were permitted by the court to appear in the final year exams, were also to be adjusted in private sector medical colleges in final years, after verification of the documents by the PMDC and they would have to re-appear in the final year from that institution, he added.
He said a per the decision, a committee would be constituted comprising all private institutions of the province along with a representative council with the vice chancellor of the Khyber Medical University as its chairman for the adjustment of the students.
He added that the college would be liable to reimburse all the amounts according to the slips and receipts submitted by the students.
He said that the students should refrain from taking admission in unrecognised medical colleges, including Indus medical College in Tando Muhammad Khan Sindh, Rahbar Medical College in Lahore, Faryal Medical College in Lahore and Northern Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Abbottabad.