PMDC revises admission Policy for Medical Colleges Entry Tests

PMDC revises admission Policy for Medical Colleges Entry Tests
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ISLAMABAD, July 10 (APP): Pakistan Medical and Dental Council

(PMDC) has decided to revise admission policy for public and private

medical and dental colleges to induct students purely on merit.

According to an official of PMDC , entry test for medical and

dental colleges would be centralized at provincial and federal level

and colleges would follow the merit list to be issued by their

affiliated university after taking entry test exam.

He said it was decided that eligibility criteria for public

and private sector medical and dental colleges should be strictly

followed to avoid the substandard medical education and doctors

in the country.

Foreign seats in public and private medical colleges would

be filled transparently and the PMDC will ensure that there is no

misuse of these seats for earning purpose, the official said.

Similarly, the curriculum would be in line with future

professional demands of doctors so that they could serve in rural

deprived areas.

He said the NEB examination for foreign medical graduates

would be made further standardized and transparent.

He said that it was decided that certain measures would be

taken to meet the faculty deficiencies particularly in basic science

subjects to improve quality of medical education.

Private sector would be bound to open medical and dental

colleges in those locations where there is need of medical and

dental colleges, he added.

He said training of inspectors who inspect the medical

colleges, would be ensured while medical teachers would be trained

by universities to meet the international standards.

He said fee structure in private medical colleges would be

strictly monitored by the PMDC while overcharging by students on

the name of donation would be checked immediately.

He said that the council has already opposed the seven percent

raise in the tuition fees of students of private medical colleges

and decided to reverse the decision.

He said that the decision of this fees increase was approved

by the previous PMDC council members last year, according to which

private medical colleges were being charged Rs 689,714 for general

seats while $19,260 for overseas Pakistanis seats.

After the decision, from next year's admission, students would

pay old fees of Rs 642,000 while overseas Pakistanis would pay

$18,000.

He said that the council would take action against private

medical colleges on charging new fees. He added the council has also

started reviewing decisions of previous council and the inspection

was being conducted of those medical colleges which were approved by

previous PMDC council.

Similarly, notices would be issued to medical colleges on

violation of PMDC rules and regulations.

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