ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has announced to oppose evening classes at public medical colleges in the country, as Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) has, once again, been trying to start evening classes at medical institutions.In s statement issued on Saturday, PIMA President Dr Misbahul Aziz termed the start of evening medical colleges a commercial venture and the death of medical education in the country. He said that it was learnt through an advertisement that the PMDC had allowed evening medical classes at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana, which would be strongly opposed.He also said the PMDC was trying to start evening medical education at medical colleges for quite some time, but due to opposition from medical associations, the council had retracted its decision. However, the PMDC has once again decided to allow evening classes at medical institutes.He appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice on the efforts for starting medical colleges, saying that these efforts were tantamount to destroying medical education in the country. He claimed that even some senior doctors were part of this business and were involved in selling medical degrees in the name of medical education.He said there were around 126 medical colleges in the country, but the faculty at most of these institutions was not complete and some even lacked professors of basic sciences. ‘Medical colleges and hospitals are being established in two- or three-room buildings where medical degrees are being sold, which is a shameful act’.Some professors were taking classes at three to four educational institutions, which is an evidence of the lack of faculty at the already established medical institutions in the country, he added. Criticizing the PMDC, he said in its recent meeting, the council had approved establishing 19 medical colleges and termed it a destructive decision taken by the statutory body.He also criticized Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum & Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain and his associates, claiming that he was making money at the cost of medical education. They vowed to oppose all such moves with the unity of medical professionals.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 10-Feb-2013 here.