The number of colleges in a country speaks loudly of its progress but regrettably, the colleges in Pakistan sometimes have to wait for years and years to be recognised.

A private medical college in Abbottabad established in 2006 has not been recognised for 7 years by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the number one pre-requisite for any medical college. Its two batches of students, who now call themselves doctors, but their degrees, are not yet recognised by the PMDC, after spending a huge amount of Rs 600,000 by each student they cannot practice. They are now on strikes for that last four days. Something that can only happen under corrupt conditions.

It has hurt families that paid their hard earned money for their children to become doctors. This is not the first tragedy in the province, there was a similar case in Peshawar recently; later on the chief justice intervened. The echo of this tragedy was still in the air followed by another medical college in Bannu, run by the then KPK government.

I would not be exaggerating when I say that there seems to be a conspiracy against establishing private medical colleges in Pakistan and especially in KPK. Presently, there are 24 medical colleges in KPK while 61 in Punjab, recognized by PMDC. Would it not be better if the permission is granted or better still to ban these colleges if Pakistan does not want to get education for its next generation, instead of putting to disadvantage so many families?

DR MUKHTAR ALI,

Kurram Agency, June 3.