MULTAN - The first professional year students of Multan Medical and Dental College (MMDC) have alleged the college administration of swindling them, claiming the college gave admissions to 90 students in BDS instead of its sanctioned 50 seats as a result of which at least 40 students will not be able to sit in the examinations.

The affected students and their parents staged a protest demonstration outside Multan Press Club. Holding placards and banners, they shouted slogans against the MMDC administration and demanded arrest of principal.

They told the journalists that each student paid Rs0.5 million fee for the first year while college administration also charged them another Rs45,000 as registration fee but none of them was got registered with the UHS.

They said that the University of Health Sciences (UHS) had approved 100 MBBS and 50 BDS seats for the MMDC in 2008-2009 but the college administration gave admissions to 90 BDS students instead of 50.

 "When the time came to send examination forms for first professional examination, the MMDC administration sent the admissions of just 50 while the forms of 40 others were stopped on different pretexts," students told this scribe on condition of anonymity.

The students added that when they and their parents lodged protest against the issue, the college administrations told them another lie that the UHS rejected their forms because of their failure in college's internal examination.

"However, when our parents approached the UHS, they were told that the college was sanctioned just 50 BDS seats and that the UHS had no concern with college's internal examinations," they added.

MMDC Principal Dr Shabbir Nasir, however, rejected the allegations, saying he was given permission by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to give admissions to 90 students in BDS. Giving details, he said that it was the rule of PMDC that if the college got less admissions than its sanctioned number of seats in a year, it could take as many admissions the next year as left vacant last year. He claimed that medical colleges in Hyderabad and Lahore were also given the same permission by PMDC.

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The protesters chanted slogans against the government at Nawah Shehr Chowk. The angry demonstrators also burnt the effigy of Federal Petroleum Minister Dr Asim.

The protesters lamented that the government did not have any economic policy due to which the country was passing through worst economic recession, adding that the masses were pay through the nose for the rulers corruption.

They demanded the government to immediately review the increase in petroleum products and CNG prices.