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October 6, 2010

Bannu Medical College yet to be granted recognition


October 6, 2010

ISLAMABAD: As the World Teachers Day was observed across the globe Tuesday, over 600 students of Bannu Medical College (BMC) still faced uncertainty about their future, as BMC was yet to be recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) even after four years.
They have now pinned hopes on the judiciary to take suo moto notice of the matter, which involves future of hundreds of young souls. They requested the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to intervene.
“Ostensibly, the present sorry state of affairs is because of political differences between JUI-F and ANP. But why should we suffer because of our elders’ problems,” remarked one of the students, who was part of a team that visited the offices of ‘The News’.
While talking to this correspondent a group of visibly concerned students lamented that they have been running from pillar to post to seek justice, as there would be a question mark on their future in case their alma mater was not accorded recognition.
These students availed every possible option to secure their future: among others, they met Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, who is the youngest ever head of a provincial government, on June 01 this year, who promised to take some ‘bold measures’ to address their concern that he had termed genuine. But unfortunately, the situation remains totally unchanged.
Four years down the road, the college is yet to have a proper building, as classes are being held at Government High School No 3, Bannu. They noted the federal government had approved Rs240 million for the college this year. However, all projects have been frozen after the recent deluge.
Similarly, the books made available at the library are of poor quality and majority of these is also irrelevant. Despite passage of six years, the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Staff was still incomplete, although work on it was started in 2004.
These students during a recent protest

demonstration outside parliament here met some parliamentarians who also appeared helpless to bail them out. “Well, you are free to come on roads, already half of Pakistan is out against PPP government,” was the comment reportedly made by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Zahir Ali Shah, whom some BMC students had met a few weeks back and apprised him of their plan of peaceful agitation.
This correspondent tried to get version of the minister as to why he could not get the college recognized and why he could not provide basic facilities, but all his three cell numbers were found switched off.

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