LAHORE - Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Lahore has decided to grant affiliation to different institutions for introduction of two-year FSc in Medical Technology bringing the medical technology courses in the main stream of education. The six technologies to be taught in FSc in Medical Technology will be physiotherapy, medical lab technology, dental hygiene, medical imaging technology, laser, radiography and ophthalmology. These courses were hitherto conducted by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Punjab Medical Faculty and University of Health Sciences. And now the paramedical diploma courses including medical lab technicians, dispenser (category C), dental hygienist, radiographic technician, dental technician and operation theatre technicians will be conducted by Punjab Medical Faculty of Health Department. The FSc Medical Technology Group can lead to graduate courses of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D), BSc Physiotherapy and BSc Medical Lab. The institutions conducting medical technology courses had no mechanism and infrastructures to conduct examinations of these technologies and hence faced many problems putting a question mark on the efficacy of these certificates. Usually the certificates were granted on the basis of experience and working in the respective fields in government hospitals and dispensaries and viva voce. According to the arrangements, the government and private institutions providing these courses at their campuses will be affiliated with the Board to conduct their examinations in line with the existing system of Part I and Part II Intermediate. The step will regularise the certification of medical technologies courses and will bring these courses at par with the Intermediate Science group leading to higher education in the same discipline. The admission to these technologies at the FSc level is open to the students after matriculation. This year the institutions that would enrol the students would get registration of their students from the Board and send the registration returns as per the schedule of the Board prescribed for general education. Most of the institutions, however, which provide two years courses in medical technology, are in private sector. The medical educationists and public circle have welcomed the step saying that it will improve the quality of education in paramedical education as well as practice besides improving the standard of health services.