PHC stays admissions to KP medical colleges

July 18,2019

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday stayed admissions to medical colleges of the province till next order on a writ petition challenging recent changes in the admission policy by the...

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday stayed admissions to medical colleges of the province till next order on a writ petition challenging recent changes in the admission policy by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

However, the bench explained that the entry tests for the medical colleges would be held on the due date. It ruled that admissions would be made in the medical colleges after the court’s decision in the petition.

A division bench comprising Justice Musarrat Hilali and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim issued the stay order on a writ petition filed by a girl student. She challenged the recent changes made by the PMDC to the regulation meant for admissions to the government and private medical colleges on multiple grounds.

The girl believed that it would give an edge to students of other provinces over those of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the admission process. The bench issued notice to the PMDC and Health Department to submit reply and explain their position on the legal questions raised in the petition at the next hearing on July 30.

The petitioner, Hamayal Waseem Khattak, requested the court through her father Waseemuddin Khattak, who is a lawyer, to declare different provisions of the MBBS and BDS (Admissions, House Job and Internship) Regulation, 2018, which was amended in May 2019, illegal and against her fundamental rights. She challenged the Clause 20-A of the Regulation, which makes it mandatory for a student to give the order of three preferences for admission from among public sector medical and dental institutions in the province. Previously, a candidate applying for the admission to a medical college was allowed to give unlimited preferences and was given admission in the relevant college according to the merit. The petitioner requested the court to strike down Clause 6(5) of the Regulation, which removes the restriction of domicile or preferences for the seats of private medical or dental colleges.


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