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February 21, 2015

Fresh students suffer as FMC fails to fulfil rule requirements


February 21, 2015

A large number of medical students failed to get admission in Federal Medical College, Islamabad, because of restriction on admitting fresh candidates imposed by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council in this institution on the pretext of not fulfilling terms and conditions which are otherwise necessary according to rules and regulations enshrined in educational law.
Credible sources along with good number of candidate associated with medical profession told ‘The News’ that the medical students who obtained high marks with distinctions in examinations and wanted to become doctors applied for admission in Federal Medical College in the year 2014. However, the supreme authority, Pakistan Medical Dental Council, barred this institution from admitting fresh candidates on the grounds that it has failed to fulfil requirements to run medical college. As a result, the students suffered badly and they failed to get admission in this medical institutions of the country. Similarly, one year of these ill-fated students was wasted, affecting their future largely.
Sources said that FMC was established in the year 2013 by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences. With the start of its functioning, the institution admitted medical students against 100 seats. Since the establishment of this institution, PMDC had been raising objections to its management and directed it to fulfil requirements according to terms and conditions them at earliest possible time. However, despite receiving reminders, the management allegedly failed to meet them.
As a result of indifference shown by the FMC management, PMDC taking action imposed restrictions on the institutions barring it from enrolling fresh medical students. In the meantime, a large number of candidates had applied for seeking admission in this college but due to orders of PMDC, their attempts failed, making them to suffer badly.
The medical students old and fresh ones expressing concern over suspension of

admission process in FMC have made a fervent appeal to the related higher authorities in federal government as well as PMDC for finding out an amicable solution to lift up the bar on FMC, enabling this institution to make fresh admissions of candidates belonging to medical profession. They also urged the management of the FMC for fulfilling terms and conditions required in medical law.
Official spokesman of PIMS, Dr. Mohammad Saeed, dealing with this matter, agreed that the process of admission was barred by PMDC in FMC due to failure of not meeting requirements. However, this official informed that the lack of requirements was not that severe rather PMDC raised objection over some deficiency in faculty.
Elaborating Dr Saeed said that the FMC established by PIMS is appointing teaching staff besides other employees on contract basis. Similarly, packages being paid to teaching staff is around average level. However, he said that the deficiency in faculty has been removed greatly and PMDC has now issued permission to FMC for admitting fresh medical students.
With the lift of ban, the institution would invite applications from fresh candidates for admission in the college, he said. All this process would be completed by end of the current month and advertisement for inviting applications for admissions in the college would be floated in print media in first week of March, this year, Dr Saeed confirmed.
However, official spokesperson of PMDC, Ms Hina Shaukat, while commenting on the issue, denied the claims of Dr. Saeed that PMDC had lifted the ban on enrolling fresh students. She informed that as the FMC has yet not removed deficiencies in faculty as such PMDC has not permitted it to enrol fresh students. Moreover, according to the ban, FMC could not even register the two old batches of students. Not only PMDC has barred FMC from registering fresh students but even NAB has banned this institution from doing so, she cleared.

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