The city will soon have a new public medical college, slated to open this year. A notification for the new college, Lahore General Hospital Medical College- Post Graduate Medical Institute, has been issued and approval granted ‘in principle with an explicit condition’ that the college gets registration from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The college will be attached with the Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI). Dr Tariq Salahuddin, the PGMI principal, will also be the principal of the college. Speaking with The Express Tribune, Dr Salahuddin said, “We are going to admit students this year.
There will be an announcement soon.” The principal added that there would be 100 seats for the MBBS course. He believed that the college would place second or third on the merit list.
With regard to the legal formalities, he said, “I have held meetings with the PMDC and it’s going well. We are going ahead with admissions this year.”
According to the Rules of Business, the funds for admissions will be provided by the Punjab government. The Health Department, however, has not released any details regarding the provision of funds.
Additional secretary Mushtaq Ahmad Salariya said, “The chief minister had approved the college in principle and the work is underway. We are working on the PC 1 (project digest).”
A Health Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “So far the PMDC hasn’t approved or registered the college. The verbal commitments don’t really stand for much. Some 950 medical students in four newly established and old public medical colleges are yet to be registered by the PMDC.
The 100 students admitted this year might face similar problems.”
The PMDC hasn’t entertained any application for the registration of any private or public medical college submitted after March 2011. As there is no separate building, classes will likely be held at the PGMI.
“The opening of a new medical college is welcome. However, it is clear that the PMDC and the college administration will disagree over admissions likely to be made without registration with the Council,” the health department official said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2011.
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