LAHORE A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court to question opening of four new medical colleges in different parts of the province. The petitioner Noshab A Khan advocate said the government of the Punjab had opened four medical colleges without fulfilling basic requirements of seeking recognition for them by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) for validation of their Medical Qualifications. He said these medical colleges had been established in Sialkot Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khanm where admission against the allocated 100 seats in each, for the academic session 2010-2011 had already been completed. But the government was still oblivious of the need to get them recognized by the PMDC, he added. The petitioner said the government needed to seek PMDC recognition with retrospective effect in order to give validation to the qualifications awarded by the aforementioned medical colleges. But there is no precedent regarding grant of recognition by the PMDS in retrospect to any medical or dental college in the country. He said the precious academic year of the students was at stake as such the court may declare opening of these colleges illegal and having no legal authority. He also prayed the court to stay the functioning of the colleges till the petition was decided.