Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has asked its disciplinary committee to proceed against five private dental colleges which are found to have given admissions to students who secured less than 60pc marks in intermediate premedical exams, hence violating the PMC Act 2020 for qualifying the MDCAT.
The PMC took the decision after recent Sindh High Court order rejecting the plea of dental colleges and students to lower the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) passing marks.
In addition, some of the colleges appear to have admitted students into their respective BDS programmes who had initially only applied for MBBS programmes and hence being in violation of Admission Regulations 2020-21.
According to a statement of PMC, colleges will be asked to provide the complete record of admissions and any other evidence required before the disciplinary committee.
The committee has the right to also summon students who have been allegedly admitted to the colleges and any other witness if required.
If colleges are found to have committed violations, they may f ace penalties, the statement said, adding a reference may also be referred medical tribunal.
Colleges which have been found involved in unlawful admission are Mohammad Dental College, Liaqat College of Medicine and Dentistry, ISRA University, Bhitai Dental and Medical College and Fatima Jinnah Dental College. The disciplinary committee has also been conducting hearings in the cases of irregularities in admissions by 26 other colleges which are likely to be concluded by next week.
Students and coHeges are both being heard at these hearings as directed by the Lahore High Court and the medical tribunal.
`PMC is steadfast in its resolve to implement just and meritorious practices for the purpose of inculcating higher standards of medical and dental education in Pakistan. To that end, PMC will take strict legal actions against any individuals or institutions found to be in violation of rules and regulations set forth for the purposes of transparency and meritocracy in the admissions processes,` the statement concluded.