LAHORE:05 February: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Saturday announced it would move the Lahore High Court (LHC) against Sheikh Zayed Medical College for charging its students annual fee of Rs 500,000.
PMA office-bearers, including Dr M Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ahmed Chaudhry, Dr Shahid Malik, Prof M Ashraf Nizami, Dr Ehsanur Rehman, Dr Yasmin Ehsan, Dr Sabahat Habib Khan and Dr Salman Kazmi, said that being a government college all the funding was provided from the public exchequer. They said it was sheer incompetence on the part of the federal government that had failed to take action over the matter. PMA members said that this was the only government medical college that was charging fee similar to those in the private sector despite getting 100 percent funding from the government.
PMA office-bearers termed this a great injustice with the students and their parents. They added that the association had raised the matter with the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, which instead of taking action referred the matter to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and Federal Health Ministry. Both departments then took a while to decide whose responsibility it was to take action over the matter, before eventually passing it on to cabinet division secretary, who according to 1973 rules of business was responsible for running the affairs of the Sheikh Zayed Medical College. The PMA’s demand is still pending with the cabinet secretary who seems uninterested in taking any action.
The PMA announced that it would file a petition in this regard in the LHC. The PMA has also appealed to parents of all students of Sheikh Zayed Medical College to get themselves registered at PMA House to become a part of this movement so that a collective strategy could be announced later.Daily Times.