LAHORE: The Punjab government has introduced new induction policy in all the medical and dental colleges of the province “all of a sudden” and “without consulting the major stakeholders”.
“At least one year should have been given to the private institutions for planning,” said a spokesperson for the private medical and dental colleges on Sunday.
Calling medical education a serious issue, the spokesperson said private institutions mostly get students who have passed 12th grade examination equivalent to intermediate science (FSc) or HSSC examination level of Pakistan from a foreign university, examining body or education system with three subjects out of which biology and chemistry are essential subjects, with 60pc in aggregate as certified by the Inter Boards Committee of Chairmen (IBCC).
“Students having passed 12th grade examination from a foreign university or examining body can never get equation with FSc students who get unbelievable marks, especially from certain areas and BISEs. It is an open secret that how these FSc students get such an extremely high score.
“Private medical and dental institutions get no help from the government and totally depend upon fee collection. And when a student is paying, he or she should have the right to choose institution of choice. It is also very important to judge students to see if they are able to pay fees on a regular basis. Over the years, we have learnt which students are not to be admitted. Such students pay fee for one year and then get stuck with next years, causing problems not only for themselves but for the institution concerned also,” said the spokesperson while adding that a stay order against the arbitrary and unilateral decision of the Punjab government was obtained from a court on Saturday.