MDCAT row: PMC reacts to Sindh cupboard choice decreasing move share

The logo of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC).
The brand of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC). 

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Thursday made it clear that it might not register such college students who haven’t handed the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT-2021) as per the factors set by the regulatory physique.

The Sindh cupboard on Thursday determined to slash the move share of the MDCAT from 65% to 50% for admissions in medical and dental faculties of Sindh to fill all of the seats with college students from completely different districts of the province.

The MDCAT is necessary for admissions within the medical and dental faculties throughout Pakistan as not too long ago held by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

“The law and the Supreme Court have laid down the mandatory criteria for admissions to the medical and dental colleges in the country and no entity can alter the mandatory criteria. The law mandates the PMC to set the passing marks and also declare the result of the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT),” President PMC Dr. Arshad Taqi instructed The News whereas commenting on Sindh cupboard’s choice.

“Even otherwise, there are enough students in Sindh who have passed the MDCAT, secured 65% and who can be granted admissions to public and private medical and dental colleges in the Sindh province.”

He maintained that in response to Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho’s letter to him, wherein she had requested him to decrease the MDCAT move share for college kids in Sindh, they’d responded intimately and apprised her that round 4,911 college students can be out there with 65% and above share in Sindh province to fill in 2,590 seats within the personal medical and dental faculties within the province.

“This year a total of 68,723 students have qualified the MDCAT, out of which 7,811 students are from Sindh. If Sindh elects this year again to restrict admission to colleges in Sindh for students domiciled in Sindh only, these 7,811 students would hence be vying for a total of 2,900 public college seats and 2,590 private college seats. After completion of admission to the 2,900 public seats, it would still leave 4,911 students vying for 2,590 total medical and dental seats in private colleges in Sindh. That is almost 2 students competing for each seat,” Dr Arshad Taqi defined.

While responding to a query, the PMC president made it clear that the regulator wouldn’t register the scholars who haven’t handed the MDCAT as per the PMC information and any college students granted admissions within the personal medical and dental faculties wouldn’t be registered by them and they’d not be granted licenses to observe within the nation or overseas as having certified MDCAT can be a requirement for the grant of license underneath the regulation.

“In view of the multiple considerations, it is the considered view of the council that there does not exist any reason to consider lowering of the passing marks of MDCAT from the current 65%, which was recommended by the National Academic Board and approved by the Council earlier,” Dr Arshad Taqi mentioned whereas referring to his letter written to Sindh well being minister in response to her request to PMC.