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PMDC divulged this fact whether private medical colleges allocated admission quota for the poor students or talented ones.

The PMDC divulged this fact when a two-member bench put a query to its counsel whether private medical colleges allocated admission quota for the poor students or talented ones.

Counsel Ch. Muhammad Umar replied that private colleges did not allocate such quota as they were totally business-oriented organizations.

A bench, headed by Justice Ch. Shahid Saeed, is hearing several petitions against mandatory condition of entrance test by the University of Health Sciences for admission to medical colleges and changed criteria for the test.

The judge remarked that the government should make the private medical collegesallocate quota for poor students as major part of the country’s population was poor. If there was no mechanism to govern private sector, double shifts should be introduced in public sector colleges to accommodate poor students, the judge observed.

About entrance test system, the PMDC counsel said uniform policy/criteria was being implemented across the country since year 2003 and a LHC single bench had also endorsed this system last year. However, he said, the UHS had initially refused to follow the council’s criteria but agreed to implement the same this year.

Justice Saeed observed that the private medical colleges had completed admission process and collected huge money from students but what the future of these students would be if court gave decision against the test.

When asked by the judge if there was any mechanism to control private colleges, the counsel said the PMDC would take action if the court gave any directions.

Petitioner’s counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique, at this juncture, pointed out that most of the students appearing in entrance test were the repeaters as a little number of fresh intermediates had participated in the test. He said the non-allocation of the quota for poor students was a clear violation of article 25 and 25-A of the constitution. He said theentrance test system discouraged poor students.

Rasaal Hasan Sayed, counsel of UHS, also argued in the court and said private teaching/training forentrance tests could not be banned. In fact, the examination system for F.Sc was substandard and needed to be improved, he added.

The counsel also requested the court to withdraw the stay order on October 20 merit list of the UHS for admission tomedical colleges but the judge turned down the plea.

The judge observed that the court would give final judgment in the case on the next hearing.

The proceedings were adjourned for Wednesday (today) with instructions to the counsels to come up with conclusive arguments.

The bench will also take up some petitions in favour of the entrance test system filed by students passing the tests.

Petitions against the entrance test condition were filed by Muhammad Zubair, Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi, Dr. Shagufta Mubeen, Robina Iqbal, Javaid Iqbal, Muhammad Khurshid and Samra Sagheer.

The petitioners alleged that transparency was not being observed in the entrance test, and that the PMDC also changed the test method altogether. They said that, under section 33 of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Act 1962, the council was duty bound to maintain uniformity of course at all medical colleges.

Previously, they said, while preparing the merit list, 30 per cent marks were allocated for entry test and 70 per cent for FSC exams, but the PMDC changed it and now 50 per cent numbers were being given for entrance test result, 10 per cent for matriculation and 40 per cent for F.Sc.

They prayed to the court to issue directions to authorities concerned to prepare merit list as per old criteria and ban the private institutions that were holding preparation classes for entrance tests. They added that negative marking was also being carried out in the tests, seeking a ban on it.The news.

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