PMDC penalises colleges in millions for admission on additional seats
MUHAMMAD SULEMAN LAHORE—An on-going tussle between the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and Public Sector Medical Colleges over admission of students beyond allotted medical seats dramatically ended when PMDC imposed million of rupees penalty for violation of PMDC rules and directed the administration of medical colleges to submit surety bound with this assurance that no admission shall be made from 2016-17 on these seats.
A well-informed source privy to this development told Pakistan Observer that the Punjab government has allegedly flouted the rules and regulations of the PMDC by making admissions to the public sector medical colleges for 2013-14 session ‘over and above’ the number of seats allocated by the Council. “Admissions were given to students without seeking approval from the PMDC which is a sheer violation of the rules set by the council,” he added. However, the source claimed that the admissions on additional medical seats were given by the directions of the Punjab government on political basis.
Punjab Medical College Faisalabad admitted 325 students against the 250 allocated seats, Nishtar Medical College Multan admitted 325 against 250 seats, Quaid-i-Azam Medical College Behawalpur 325 against 300, Nishtar Institute of Dentistry Multan 66 against 50, Services Institute of Medical College Lahore 200 against 150, Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan, 150 against 100 and Nawaz Sharif Medical College Gujrat made 100 admissions against the 50 seats approved by the Council.
He said, PMDC refused to register those students who were given admissions in additional seats which mean that the future of those students is hanging in the balance.
However, the PMDC’s council in its 142th meeting unanimously granted one time amnesty and approved registration of students given admissions on additional seats in public sector institutes till to date with a condition of submitting affidavits by concerned official and vice chancellor or degree awarding university that from session 2016-17 no admission shall be made beyond allocated annual admissions.
Failing to comply shall warrant disciplinary proceedings against institutes/ persons as provisioned in section 22 and 22 B of PMDC Ordinance 1962. Council also directed that 100 % tuition fee charged from each students in lieu of all charges for each year (five year total) by institute shall be paid by concerned institute to PMDC as penalty.
He said, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences (UHS) Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz and Dr Salman Shahid additional secretary (Technical) of Specilized Healthcare & Medical Education also submitted affidavit regarding this while Principle of Ghazi Khan Medical College also submitted Rs 5.1 million as penalty to PMDC.