Medical education: King Edward Medical University alumni object to new merit rule

University to select 76 candidates from 228 after interviews on Monday.


Ali Usman July 22, 2012

LAHORE:


King Edward Medical University alumni have criticised the university’s new policy for induction to the Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) Part II programme, saying it discriminates against KEMU FCPS Part I graduates.


The merit list for admission to the FCPS Part II trainees was put up at KEMU on Saturday, with the final interviews scheduled for Monday. Up until January, KEMU graduates would expect to automatically get admission to the FCPS programme, with the rest of the admissions decided on the basis of a merit list. Under the new policy, KEMU students compete with other students on the merit list.

KEMU graduates complained that this was not the case at other public medical colleges in the Punjab. “Allama Iqbal Medical College, Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore, Nishtar Medical College Multan, and other medical schools give preference to their own MBBS graduates while inducting FCPS trainees,” said a KEMU graduate. “It is an injustice that Kemcolains [KEMU alumni] aren’t being given preference at their own institute.”

He also objected to the way the merit list was drawn up, saying that candidates who achieved distinctions or won gold medals were given extra points, without taking into account the institute that they studied at.

“Graduates from China, Russia, Romania and other countries get more marks as they give out a lot of distinctions there. In KEMU, just four or five candidates out of 350 get distinctions. In those countries 50 out of 100 candidates get distinctions,” said the KEMU graduate, who finds himself below several graduates of Chinese colleges on the merit list.

A KEMU professor who is on the Post Graduate Selection Committee, which drew up the merit list, was critical of the change in policy, saying it hurt KEMU graduates. “The KEMU has its own post-graduate degrees of Master of Surgery (MS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). It doesn’t want its graduates to go for FCPS, it wants them to go for MS and MD programmes,” he said.

He said that the FCPS examinations were recognised worldwide and were more credible than the MD or MS degrees.

But Professor Syed Muhammad Awais, the newly appointed chairman of the Post Graduate Selection Committee, said that KEMU graduates did get a preference in the merit list, in the form of 10 additional marks.

“The merit formula was drawn up to get the best candidates. If a graduate of a Chinese college has performed better and is higher up the list, he has a right to be inducted as an FCPS trainee. The merit formula wasn’t drawn up just to oblige a few people,” said Prof Awais.

He said that the final selection of 76 candidates would be made after the interviews on Monday. He said many candidates did not turn up for the interviews. The pre-interview merit list includes 228 names.

The merit list marks candidates out of 100, with 25 marks for the interview. Candidates with a first division in each year during their MBBS get 10 marks. Winners of distinctions get 10 marks and winners of gold medals also get 10 marks. KEMU graduates get an additional 10 marks, while those who did house jobs at Mayo Hospital get five extra marks.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.

COMMENTS (5)

Najamu Saqib | 8 years ago | Reply cn i get addmissiön there If yes then what do i hv 2 do
Patriot | 8 years ago | Reply If u go to US --- New york State University always prefer their own grads 1st, same with university of Oklahoma, University of Pensylvania, Mishigan State University and a lot others .. Same to UK -- they always prefer their grads and then grads from their state and at last international grads. Moreover every body knows the flawed degrees both MD / MS / M.Phill and PhD and how university is offering them just to keep its status as a university. Can this university show any one international publication, research, thesis or even any thing which they done on international forum....? The poor selection procedures in PhD and how all professors got admission in PhD programs with their assistants as their supervisors --- just to get extensions in their jobs... I think HEC should take strong notice of fake and flawed degrees and the selection procedures which KE is adopting, rather they should take away the status of university from KE. If u see the kind of PhD this university is producing u will be astonished. its dangerous to national education policy and when these old professors go abroad with fake PhD degrees --- near 0 knowledge in respective specialty and poor research --- what will be our national image.../ I am very clear that 1st KE grads should be given the opportunity at Mayo / KEMU. All chinese and private medical college docs --- are those who even did not compete to get admission in KE. Due to money they go abroad and get degrees and then come to pakistan. Do u think LMDC will prefer its own grad or KE grad in selection at a higher post.
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