A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday reserved judgement on several petitions, challenging central admission policy followed by private medical colleges. The court, however, restrained private medical colleges from displaying merit lists till December 7 when it will announce the verdict.
The petitions were filed by students and on behalf of Young Doctors’ Association. Their counsel said that a last date had been announced by the medical colleges to apply for admission. The University of Health Sciences (UHS) had also invited applications.
He submitted that the students were concerned over their applications for admission.
The counsel for the owners of private colleges said that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had restrained them from new admissions. “The rules framed for admissions have not been presented before the Council of Common Interest for debate,” he said.
He said that the students had applied for admissions and their parents asked about the admission policy.
He said that these colleges could not accommodate all medical students. He requested that the private colleges be allowed to give admissions.
The PMDC counsel said that existing laws had been implemented and all public and private colleges were bound to comply with the laws of the council. He said that the private colleges were not allowed to sell their prospectus. “However, these colleges are involved in offering admission to the students which is illegal and unjustifiable,” he said.
He alleged that attitude of private colleges administration was ruining medical education and depriving many eligible students from getting admission. He said that it was the reason that central induction policy was introduced under which UHS was given powers to allow colleges to grant admissions.
He submitted that the UHS offered merit-based admission in 34 medical colleges and fixed 15 per cent quota for overseas Pakistanis. He requested the court to bar private medical colleges from offering admission in MBBS.
After conclusion of arguments, the bench reserved its judgement.
Staff. LHC reserves verdict on private medical college admissions. Daily Times, December 1, 2017.