SHC upholds 60% marks condition for medical college entrance test

Dismisses pleas against Pakistan Medical Council’s decision

Our Correspondent July 04, 2021


The Sindh High Court announced on Saturday the reserved verdict on the pleas challenging the requirement of obtaining at least 60% marks in the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) to secure a seat in a medical or dental college.

A single bench, comprising Justice Kausar Sultana Hussain, disposed off all the pleas filed by the students and medical colleges.

The court stated while announcing the verdict that the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) had made 60% marks in MDCAT compulsory for the enrolment in medical or dental colleges and sought an approved list, regarding the admissions, from the medical colleges.

The candidates who have acquired lesser than 60% marks would get admissions if the court issued a stay against the PMC's notification for 60% mandatory marks, remarked the court, adding that a confusion would arise if the case is later dismissed.

The court observed that lowering the merit for admissions in the medical and dental colleges would also lower the standard of the field of medicine therefore the students willing to enroll in medical colleges should increase their eligibility.

Another single bench, comprising of Justice Zafar Ahmed Rajput, had reserved the verdict on the pleas seeking nullification of PMC's notification of mandating at least 60% marks in the MDCAT.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2021.


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