Transparency in admissions to medical colleges ordered

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai has directed the joint admission committee to ensure transparency in admissions to the public sector medical and dental colleges.

“There should be no compromise on quality medical education,” the minister said while chairing a meeting of the joint admission committee of the public sector medical and dental colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He asked the officials to put in place a convenient admission procedure, according to a handout on Wednesday.

Mr Tarakai was briefed about the policy adopted last year for admission to these institutions, proposed amendments to the policy and the draft prospectus for upcoming admissions.

A number of other matters regarding affiliation of the newly-established medical colleges with the Khyber Medical University (KMU), their registration with Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), seat distribution and the issue of registration of students admitted to medical colleges over and above the number of seats approved by PMDC were discussed.

The committee suggested the chair to restore the centralised admission policy.The minister said that the matter would be presented to the chief minister for a decision, but only after consultation with all stakeholders.

The meeting decided to constitute a committee headed by the KMU vice-chancellor to work out the issue of registration of newly-established medical colleges with PMDC, equalise the number of seats of all public sector medical colleges with the number approved by PMDC and come up with recommendations within 10 days.The chair directed the heads of the newly established Gaju Khan Medical College and Nowshehra Medical College to complete formalities for affiliation of their respective colleges with KMU as soon as possible.

The meeting directed the principals of medical colleges to furnish the list of students admitted in their respective colleges over and above the PMDC approved number of seats by Monday next so that their cases of registration with PMDC could be processed.

Source: Dawn.