PMDC objects to 25 new medical colleges
Lahore, July 28: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has rejected recommendations of the Federal Health Ministry to recognise 25 newly-established private and public medical colleges across the country on the pretext that the recognition of such a high number of medical colleges is against the council’s policies.
Among these medical colleges also includes Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College, Karachi, facing PMDC’s objections.
“The PMDC is concerned about the new colleges whose documents have been sent by the Health Ministry to the council for recognition under the PMDC Ordinance, 1962,” PMDC Registrar Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar said.
“The council wants to limit the establishment of colleges and that is why a two-year moratorium has been enforced from December 31, 2010 on new colleges.” p
Sources say applications were sent by provincial and Azad Jammu and Kashmir governments to the Health Ministry to be forwarded to PMDC authorities for recognition. “After examining the applications, the PMDC rejected recommendations on the grounds that the recognition of such a large number of colleges was not the policy of the council,” Dr Akbar said.
He said the PMDC management, in a letter issued on July 20, 2010, to the Health Ministry, had expressed its concern over its recommendations to recognise 25 private medical colleges in one go.
These new medical colleges include Mohammad Bin Qasim Medical and Dental College, Karachi; Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College, Karachi; Pakistan Medical College, Karachi; Rajputana Medical College, Hyderabad; Jehangeer Medical College, Tando Allah Yar; Dental Section, Bahria University Medical and Dental College, Karachi; Bhitai Dental and Medical College Hospital, Mirpurkhas; Dental Section, Women’s Medical College, Peshawar; Islam Medical College, Narowal; Rashid Latif Medical College, Lahore; Pakistan Red Crescent Medical and Dental College, Lahore; Core Medical College, Islamabad; Federal Medical and Dental College, Islamabad; Amna Inayat Medical College, Sheikhupura; Rehman Medical College, Peshawar; Al Razi Medical College, Peshawar; Medical College, Loralai; Medical College, Khuzdar; AJ&K Medical College, Muzaffarabad; City Medical College, Lahore; Gul Naseem Medical, Hyderabad; East and West Medical College, Haripur; and Dental Section, Islamabad Medical & Dental College, Islamabad.
Of these, eight colleges were recommended by the Sindh government, six by the Punjab, five by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two Balochistan, one by Azad Jammu and Kashmir and three by the federal capital, Islamabad.
The registrar said several new medical colleges had sprung up across the country. These medical colleges have not been inspected by the PMDC for recognition, as most of them do not fulfill the basic criteria. Dawn