RATODERO: The sudden cancellation of evening classes at the Chandka Medical College (CMC), Larkana, evoked a strong response from students who held a demonstration and staged a sit-in outside the Larkana Press Club on Sunday.
The agitating students chanted slogans against the CMC authorities and told the media that 65 students were admitted for the evening programme and classes were cancelled only after a week. They said that the authorities told them that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had raised major objections against the classes, which reportedly will not resume till a final decision is taken by the regulatory body.
The students complained that they had deposited the required fee and the entry test charges while the vice-chancellor had assured them that the classes would not be cancelled despite opposition by PMDC. Why then, they asked, a decision has been taken arbitrarily and added that this amounts to injustice and the CMC authorities should be taken to task. They threatened to file a petition in the Sindh High Court to seek justice if their grievances were not addressed.
Benazir Bhutto Medical University (BBMU) director admission, Dr Waheed Memon, said that his job was to admit the students who qualified the exam and the PMDC opposition was not in his domain. He further said that PMDC approached the Sindh Government for the closure of classes and the students should do the same for their restoration.
PMDC reservations centre around the fact that since morning shift teaching faculty was incomplete despite the passage of 40 years, it does not make sense to start evening classes.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.