PESHAWAR: The medical students of Al Razi Medical College have been permitted by a court to sit their Part-I exams which were jeopardized because the institution was not registered or affiliated with any medical university—something the students found out too late.
On Wednesday, Peshawar High Court’s Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain heard arguments from Advocate Danish Ali Qazi, who is representing petitioner Qasir Ali.
He told the judges that in a previous court order the college was told it would not take on any more students this year because it was neither a registered nor an affiliated institution. These Part-I students were enrolled, however, and they have even paid their tuition fee in full.
The Peshawar High Court had already ordered the government to adjust Al Razi’s Part-II students in other colleges of the province. Advocate Qazi requested the court to now adjust this new batch, of Part-I students, in other colleges and reimburse their fee. The court then ordered Khyber Medical University to allow the students to sit their annual examination for the MBBS Part-I.
For their part, the college’s lawyer Iftikhar Gillani told the court that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had no authority to suspend the license of any college.
On January 23, former Chief Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan had partially allowed a review petition and upheld the court’s previous order saying that the 100 students of Al Razi Medical College should be adjusted elsewhere.
On March 4, Khyber Medical University placed around 109 Al Razi students in six medical colleges across the province. A Khyber Medical University statement said that they would go to Kabir Medical College, Peshawar Medical College, Warsak Road, Pak International Medical College, Rehman Medical College, Jinnah Medical College and Frontier Medical College in Abbottabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2014.