Private medical college barred from new intake

Check finds college not meeting minimum criterion set by PMDC


Our Correspondent February 09, 2016
Students take the medical and dental colleges’ entrance tests under sprawling tents at Grassy Ground, Saidu Sharif. PHOTO: EXPRESS FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has barred Yusra Medical and Dental College (YMDC) from admitting new students for being critically deficient in faculty and other facilities.

PMDC President Dr Shabbir Lahri and member PMDC executive committee Dr Farrukh Eijaz conducted a surprise visit to the college on Tuesday to inspect the facilities and standard of education.

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Lahri found the college not meeting the set standards and directed it to not admit new students for session 2016-17.

He said the council had received complaints against YMDC over deficiencies in faculty, academic and financial issues. “To address these complaints, I decided to personally visit the college,” said Lahri and added that the college was not meeting the minimum criterion set by the council.

Underlining the deficiencies, he said the college had a rented 150-bed hospital instead of its own which was a clear violation of PMDC rules. “The hospital does not even have eye and ENT and gynaecology departments and the bed occupancy rate was very poor,” said the PMDC president.

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Lahri also ordered an inquiry into the college’s financial, academic, administrative and managerial matters. He said after the inquiry a detailed inspection would follow to check whether the college had addressed the issues. He said surprise checks would be conducted at all colleges to ensure standards in education.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2016.

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