Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC recognises eight more institutions
Islamabad, Jan 29: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has recognised six more medical colleges and three medical colleges’ dental sections, taking the tally of government and private institutions, authorised to offer graduate and postgraduate degrees in medicine, surgery and dentistry, to 102.
According to PMDC Registrar Dr. Ahmad Nadeem Akbar, recognition has been granted to Bacha Khan Medical College, Mardan; Rashid Latif Medical College, Lahore; Islam Medical College, Sialkot; Rehan Medical College, Peshawar; Al-Tibri Medical College, Karachi; Awan Anayat Medical College, Sheikhupura, and dental sections of Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar; Islamabad Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, and Women Medical College, Abbottabad, in line with the recommendations of the Council’s inspections teams, which found their educational, teaching and clinical training facilities and standards, as well as availability of financial resources within acceptable limits over a period of time.
He told this scribe on Friday that the newly-recognised medical colleges and dental sections had been allowed to admit 100 and 50 students, respectively, on an annual basis.
Dr Akbar said the cases of the nine institutions in question had been under examination before a freeze was imposed on recognition of new medical and dental colleges in May 2010 “in view of shortage of faculty.”
“In line with a council decision, we’ll entertain no application for the opening of new medical and dental colleges until December 31, 2012. The moratorium will be reviewed only afterward,” he said.
According to the PMDC registrar, the council, in its 116th meeting on May 8, 2010, also decided that all urban area public and private institutions, which were complete or in advanced stages of completion, or those whose applications had been pending with it or were to be received until December 31, 2010 would be considered for inspection for recognition.
He said the council also decided to encourage the opening of medical and dental colleges in rural areas and in districts without such institutions.
Dr Akbar said students admitted over and above the allocated seats by the recognised colleges wouldn’t be registered by the council.
“We won’t allow medical and dental practice to the graduates, who are not registered with us as students,” he said.
He also said PMDC had lifted the bar of age but students with less than 60 per cent marks in FSc and equivalent were not eligible for medical or dental education in the country. He said medical and dental institutions and their students were legally bound to follow PMDC decisions and regulations.
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