LAHORE, Oct 28,2011: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has raised certain objections to two newly-established public medical colleges of Punjab for not fulfilling the minimum criteria required for recognition, Dawn has learnt.
The PMDC executive committee met in Islamabad on Oct 26 and discussed a report by a council team which inspected the four colleges – Sahiwal Medical College, DG Khan Medical College, Gujranwala Medical College, and Khwaja Safdar Medical College, Sialkot.
A source told Dawn on Friday the committee had referred the cases of Sahiwal and DG Khan colleges to the general council meeting of the PMDC to be held on November 15 for further deliberations.
The committee declared that the Sahiwal Medical College was short of teaching staff, while the DG Khan Medical College did not have its building as it is being run in the campus of Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, which is against the laid-down minimum requirements of the PMDC, the executive committee recommended.
The committee, however, referred the case of Gujranwala Medical College and Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College,
Sialkot, to the next general council meeting for recognition.
The source said the PMDC team inspected the Gujranwala and Sialkot colleges on Sept 13. The team found colleges met all PMDC requirements and the standard of education was satisfactory. The team later visited the Sahiwal Medical College on Sept 27 and found the shortage of teachers there.
The source claimed that the executive committee also decided to recognise six newly-established private medical colleges. Of them, two are in Rawalpindi while one is in Lahore. The remaining three colleges are in other provinces. A PMDC official told Dawn the council had already barred the managements of four new public medical colleges of the Punjab from admitting the students until the council granted them recognition.
“The PMDC has intimated the principals of the four colleges some three weeks ago that they cannot admit students as the issue of their colleges’ recognition has yet to be decided by the executive committee and general council meetings of the PMDC,” he said.
Government Sahiwal Medical College Principal Dr Zameer Ahmad told Dawn the PMDC inspection team had questioned the shortage of teachers, which, according to him, was not a serious issue.
He said he had written to the Punjab government to hire the teachers, and the work was in progress.
He also outlined the bright future prospects of the college: the college campus is located on 56 acres, and Rs500 million have been allocated in the Annual Development Programme for 2011-12 for the construction of its building.
Health Secretary Jahanzeb Khan said the Health Department was working to remove the shortcomings identified by the PMDC.
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