Notices on plea against medical colleges

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LAHORE:Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Monday issued notices for February 25 to the health secretary and other respondents on a petition challenging opening of four medical colleges in the province.

Advocate Noshab A Khan filed the petition stating that the Punjab government had inaugurated four medical colleges without fulfilling basic requirements. He said the government should have approved recognition of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) for validation of medical qualifications.

He said the government had opened the medical colleges in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan. He said that each college had been allocated 100 and admissions for the academic session 2010-2011 had already been completed. The government had been oblivious to this fact despite students’ genuine concerns over not seeking recognition by the PMDC of the colleges, he said.

The petitioner said that the government needed to seek PMDC recognition retrospectively in order to give validation to the qualifications awarded by the aforementioned medical colleges. However, he added, there was no such precedent regarding grant of recognition by the PMDC to any medical or dental college in the country.

He said that the Punjab government had not even bothered to apply to the PMDC for recognition till date. As a matter of fact, to seek recognition by the PMDC, the government should have fulfilled the eligibility criteria, including college building, qualified faculty, attached teaching hospital, fully equipped laboratory, library, and hospital but the newly opened colleges lacked all the basic requirements.

He said the precious academic year of the students was at stake and if the government was not restrained to stop the illegitimate activity, the students were bound to suffer grave and irreparable loss.The news