ISLAMABAD - Owing to the ban imposed on the students of private medical and dental colleges regarding house jobs, the new graduates are finding it difficult to get house jobs and internships in government sector. The government of Punjab had imposed a ban on the students of private medical colleges, both local and foreign, from acquiring training in the governmental hospitals in the form of house jobs and internships. The decision was followed by protests and demonstrations by the medical students and doctors across the province, last month. After the announcement of MBBS and BDS results by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore, hundreds of medical and dentistry students that have graduated from numerous private colleges across Punjab, are unable to get house jobs or even internships in government sector. "Compared to the private sector, the government sector offers enormous opportunities for professional training due to its broader set-up, massive resources and heavy turnout of patients. Banning private medical students to avail the expertise offered in government sector would deprive them of tremendous learning opportunities," said some newly graduated students. The students further added, "This is a discriminatory criteria. The students of private colleges also belong to this nation, why are they discriminated and marginalised then?" The students argued that private medical and dental hospitals are based on smaller set-ups, which can not accommodate numerous private students. "The private medical and dental colleges usually comprise of 30 to 50 beds' hospitals, they cannot bear the burden of larger number of graduating students," opined a student. In addition, Pakistani students studying medicine in foreign universities in China, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Russia and other regional countries told this scribe that they need to get internship certificates from Pakistani hospitals to complete their five-year medicine course abroad. "After completing four years of study abroad, we are required to get nine months internship training at homeland and then fly back to our respective educational institutions to get degrees," mentioned these students. Each hospital demands Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 for training foreign students in local hospitals. We are ready to pay as much money as they demand, but can't get internships even then, they lamented. "We have to complete our nine months training here to get our degrees from abroad. If we are neglected then we won't be able to pursue our educational endeavours," apprehended the students. When contacted, sources in the provincial health sector of Punjab said that private medical students are preferred in government sector once they get degrees. "The private students get jobs in government sector after completing their training in government hospitals which violates the right of the government students regarding jobs in government sector. The ban is imposed to curb the present practise," stated an official under the condition of anonymity. "These students pay heavy dues to private colleges and get quality education in return. Why aren't they offered quality training and respectable jobs in the private sector then?" he asked. Meanwhile, sources in medical colleges demanded of the Chief Minister Punjab to lift the ban on immediate basis. They suggested that the provincial government might reduce or cut down the stipends amounts for private students if the government deems them an extra burden on provincial economy. "The government may cut down the stipend amounts which are offered to medical trainees during house jobs but it must lift the ban as it is affecting the professional careers of hundreds of medical graduates," they suggested.