The Pakistan Association of Medical and Dental Institutions (Pami) has rejected the central admission policy of the Pakistani Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) as admissions have not yet been started in private medical colleges.
PMDC had announced that admissions in private medical colleges will be made via centralised exams conducted by universities.
Pami General Secretary Khagan Waheed Khawaja said the association rejects the recently promulgated presidential ordinance regarding PMDC and demands that elections of the council be held as per the 1962 act.
He said it is strange that the council does not have representation from the National Assembly and Senate.
`In the past, private colleges used to start classes in October every year but due to the central admissions policy, even the process of admission has not been completed this year,` he said.
Last month, President Dr Arif Alvi promulgated an ordinance due to which the ad-hoc PMDC committee operating for the last one year was dissolved and it was decided that a 17-member council will deal with issues related to medical colleges, attached hospitals and health professionals.
The move has since been criticised by various stakeholdersin the health sector.