The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Wednesday directed all private medical and dental colleges not to take any donation from students or make any monetary demand other than the annual fee as laid down in its regulations.
It warned the colleges of strict action in case of the violation of its direction. A spokesman for the PMDC said under the regulations, the private medical and dental institutions offering MBBS and BDS courses will charge Rs642,000 tuition fee per annum from a student excluding university examination fee, taxes, hostel fee, transport fee and one time admission fee, which shall not be more than Rs50,000.
The copies of all receipts shall be submitted to the PMDC. According to the spokesman, the fee for foreign admission in private or public colleges can be in foreign currency and shall not exceed more than $18,000 per annum all inclusive, and not even one dollar over this shall be charged on any pretext.
All private medical and dental institution shall maintain a separate online account in a scheduled bank and all fees and charges to be received form students shall be deposited by students or parents guardians in the online account and no cash shall be demanded from students for any fee and charges. This account number must be mentioned in prospectus and website with fee and charges structure.
The spokesman said any other monetary demand or any other charge or donation on any pretext other than the annual fee as laid down in these regulations or any other non compliance of these regulations if reported would be construed a major violation and would make the institution liable for action under Section 22 of the PMDC Ordinance 1962.