Islamabad-Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) yesterday announced that council will not accept the admissions of students in medical and dental colleges against the newly announced policy this year.

“MBBS and BDS (Admissions, House / Internship) would be complied in true letter and spirit and any student admitted in violation of the regulations 2016 would not be registered as medical and dental student by PM&DC,” said PMDC official.

In the last held session of PM&DC the council unanimously decided that any medical and dental college or its admitting/affiliating university violating these regulations will be liable to penalty under provisions of the ordinance.

PM&DC has also circulated the regulations to all recognized medical and dental colleges and universities for strict compliance through letters.

Furthermore colleges and university authorities were directed as per PM&DC letter dated 08 November 2016, that admission in 2016-17 will strictly be made in accordance with these regulation.

The president PM&DC Prof Dr Shabir Ahmed Lehri apprised that the order of Lahore High Court is only to the extent of SAT-II, whereas provisions of all other sections of aforementioned regulations are intact and binding on all medical and dental institutions.

He also said that the PM&DC council has established these policies to give a fair chance to study medicine to the intelligent and deserving students on merit.

Meanwhile, talking to The Nation Prof Dr Khursheed from Islamabad Medical College said that according to law, PM&DC can only regulate the medical education but cannot give such policies.

In private sector student has the choice to get admission in the medical college while colleges also verify the financial situation of the student whether he will be able to afford the fee of medical college in five years or not.

“On the plea of a student Lahore High Court (LHC) issued stay order but now the council is issuing orders violating the court orders,” he said.

He said that colleges fulfilled the set criteria of PM&DC regarding opening of a medical college to provide the facilities to run it but the council is putting unnecessary restrictions on the medical colleges providing the education to the students.

“Colleges welcome the order of LHC but the council is likely trying to nationalize the private medical colleges,” he said.