The Peshawar High Court Peshawar has stopped the National Institute of Management Sciences (NIMS) functioning while endorsing the decision of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) directing that all the students of the NIMS be adjusted in the private sector medical colleges under the supervision of PM&DC within 15 days in line with all the legal requirements.
It is pertinent to mention here that PMDC had refused the recognition of the college in 2008 as it did not comply with the inspection criteria of the Council due to major deficiencies in its faculty and infrastructure. However, overruling the criteria and subsequent denial of NOC from PM&DC, the college had enrolled about 390 students and kept functioning without the approval of the Council.
In a writ petition, submitted by the students of the college, the Peshawar High Court has also ordered that students of the final year, who were permitted by this court to appear in the final year exams, are also to be adjusted in private sector medical colleges in final years, after verification of the documents by the PM&DC and they will have to re-appear in the final year from that institution," it added.
The decision says that a committee will be constituted comprising all private institutions of the Province along with Council representative and Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, as its Chairman for the adjustment of the students and the college will be liable to reimburse all the amounts according to the slips/receipts submitted by the students.
In another decision, the Council has also banned Women Medical College Abbottabad from functioning since it does not maintain the standards of the PMDC.–Staff Reporter