The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has advised students vying for admissions in medical colleges to only opt for colleges registered with it, according to a press release on Thursday.
The statement issued by the council also mentioned that students can peruse the list of recognised medical and dental colleges from its website to avoid potential complication.
It further stated that no medical or dental institution is allowed to train students in the evening shift unless permitted by the body and directed medical colleges to be careful in this regard.
Training students in the evening shift is against the law and shall have penal consequences as ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as the PMDC Ordinance 1962 and Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012, it stated.
Under this law, if any student is admitted before the issuance of the council’s permission letter, responsibility of any adverse effect on students’ career shall be on the admitting authorities, informed PMDC spokesperson Hina Shaukat.
She added that under rule 22A, no person shall run or establish any institution for training or grant of medical or dental qualifications, additional medical or dental education, training for house job, internship or foundation year organisation for continuous professional development unless recognition has been granted under this ordinance.
The punishment for such an offence is closure of the institution with rigorous imprisonment for a term of minimum one year to a maximum of five and a fine between five to ten million Rupees, or both.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2013.