YDA statement on proposed medical college ‘baseless’

College to be run strictly on merit, with low fee: PU

* Focal person says YDA should reconsider ‘hasty action’, send apology

* Officials concerned approved project, vowed to extend support

LAHORE: Officials at the Punjab University (PU), on Thursday, strongly reacted to the statement of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) with regards to the proposal of establishing a constituent medical and dental college.

PU focal person for proposed medical and dental college Prof Dr Shaukat Ali strongly condemned the statement of 13 YDA representatives, terming their allegations baseless and demanding the association to reconsider their “hasty action” and send a word of regret.

In his letter to the YDA, Dr Ali said that the medical college was being set up as a constituent college of the PU, which would be run strictly on merit and with low fees that would be in reach of the citizens belonging to the underprivileged segment of society.

He added that no effort was made on the part of the 13 YDA office-bearers to verify the matter, either from the vice chancellor or the focal person of the project.

Dr Ali was of the view that levelling such gross charges, and that too before the finalisation of the medical complex plan, was completely unethical.

He wrote that all the concerned officials expressed satisfaction and gave their approval for the medical college during the first inaugural meeting. They also promised to extend unqualified support during the course of the project and even after that, purely on honourary basis.

Dr Ali added that such futile efforts on the part of 13 YDA representatives indicate they needed “experience and patience”.

He hoped that the association would reconsider their hasty action and send the university a word of regret.

He said that all the abovementioned facts had already been highlighted in both the Urdu and English press releases issued by the PU, dated April 2. Being a teacher, he said, he advised the YDA to leave no stone unturned as far as the welfare of young doctors was concerned.

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