Center-Sindh medical test row: PMC layer presents sample papers of syllabus

KARACHI:Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday sought more arguments from the counsel of Pakistan Medical Council (PMC) during the hearing of a plea pertaining to the rift between the federal and Sindh governments over entry tests for the new admission of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programmes.

A SHC bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, heard the petition. The first petition was filed by five public medical and health universities of the province against PMC that sought permission to allow the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) to conduct the test, while Some pre-medical students also moved the SHC against the admission test which was scheduled to be held on 18th October and sought a restraining order against it.

Lawyer Jibran Nasir appeared in court on behalf of the students. During the hearing, the counsel argued that the authority that created syllabus for the entry test is illegal. The Sindh government also did not agree with the federal government on taking the test on November 15. He said until this day, the children do not know from which book to prepare for the medical test. PMC layer presented sample papers of syllabus during the hearing.

The provincial government has the authority to take the entrance test, he said. “What will happen to the students when the federation and the province are fighting each other?” he argued. The students’ lawyer completed his arguments, while the Sindh government’s counsel sought relief for arguments. The PMC counsel argued the target was to start classes from January, if this year is left, while the FCS students will be able to enroll in the second year.

He said students who pass 65% of the test will be admitted, while it is wrong to say that the syllabus is illegal so the test should not be taken. The counsel said all students will be prepared; there will be no other syllabus in the test. He argued when the Sindh government was informed about the PMC test the Sindh government said that it has made all arrangements and it will take the test on the 18th October.

He said we held a medical conference from October 12 to 15 and invited the vice chancellors of all the provinces to discuss the matter. The minutes of this conference are very important. The lawyer presented the minutes of the meeting in court. The counsel of students said Sindh’s FSC syllabus has not progressed since 1985 Sindh’s books are different from Punjab but PMC is saying that all things are the same in the syllabus.

The PMC’s counsel presented sample papers of Biology, English and other subjects in the court while copies of the papers were also distributed to other applicants. The court reviewed the papers. The PMC counsel argued if any question in the paper deviates from the syllabus, it will be deleted. An objection form will also be provided at the test center. The court, later, adjourned hearing of the case till November 06 and ordered PMC lawyer to continue arguments.

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