New admissions policy: 50:50 ratio for men and women in medical colleges, says PMDC

Published: September 27, 2014
The policy is also said to be in violation of a Supreme Court judgment, which ordered merit-based admissions.PHOTO: FILE

The policy is also said to be in violation of a Supreme Court judgment, which ordered merit-based admissions.PHOTO: FILE


The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council’s (PMDC) new admission policy, based on the gender-parity quota, has confused the medical universities in the midst of the admission process.

The policy is also said to be in violation of a Supreme Court judgment, which ordered merit-based admissions. The PMDC’s September 18 letter, addressed to the health secretaries of the four provinces and the federal government, has notified that a 50 per cent quota must be followed for each of the genders. All medical colleges and universities in the public and private sectors have been asked to comply with the directives in their 2014-2015 admissions.

“The council … has considered the growing trend of females in the medical education and their decreasing sustainability in the medical field,” reads the letter, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune. “The number of seats for male and female students should be 50 per cent each.”

However, the policy seems to have not gone down well with the universities, such as Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), which received the letter on Thursday. The university has already announced admissions and the process of submitting admission forms will be completed by September 30. The entry test is scheduled for October 19.  “The decision to this effect was taken at the council’s meeting in February but we were intimated about it today [Thursday],” said vice-chancellor Dr Noshad Shaikh, referring to the 137th meeting of the PMDC, which was held on February 4 this year.

He complained about the PMDC’s lack of coordination with the provincial and federal governments, also citing the council’s bad governance. “They have issued these directives when the admissions are already underway. The timing is wrong. And then, we have been asked to implement it from this very session.”

He told The Express Tribune that the university will not take any decision individually as they will wait for the Sindh government’s directives. Meanwhile, LUMHS will continue its existing admissions policy, he added. He also sought a policy review from the PMDC.

The university offers 375 seats, including 263 on merit for the 12 districts of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions and Benazirabad district, according to deputy registrar Dr Saroop Bhatia.

Meanwhile, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi has yet to receive this notification. The institution has not received the PMDC letter to allocate 50 per cent of the admission seats each for the males and females, said DUHS pro-vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad Umar Farooq, adding that he cannot comment on the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 28, 2014 - 2:04PM

    Admissions should be based on merit only. This policy needs to be taken back.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 28, 2014 - 5:49PM

    The admission should be based on merit. The policy should be revised and should take a better approach to deal with the problem of female students such as ensuring that they practice after getting their degree. But this decision is unjust rather than balancing … It’s taking rights of those female who actually qualify on merit and want to Pursue a honourable profession but would soon be unable to due to such an ignorant and unfair policyRecommend

    Sep 28, 2014 - 8:31PM

    @Moiz Omar:
    this quota system is totally wrong, we dont agree this crucial policy. if PMDC requires more male doctors to maintain health policy, why Government getting the services of lady health workers in so large quantity. PMDC should also recruit the male health worker also.
    the PMDC should take back the quota system at the earliest.


  • asif
    Sep 29, 2014 - 9:57PM

    This policy needs to be taken back. This decision has been taken by adhoc committee . It seems that some influential people in government have boys who cannot compete on open merit.Admissions should be based on merit only.


  • zohaib mahmood
    Oct 1, 2014 - 8:20PM

    this is the best thing done thank u


  • Fatima
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:27PM

    i think it is best possible step taken by PMDC….i’m medical student in one of most reputed medical college, and i can see most of girls here aren’t serious for their profession, they do study hard but bunking wards and all stuff…because major purpose of their degree to them is to be called DR. something…We need dr. who can help in real..and we know that male doctors can pursue this profession fully.and in addition the pmdc must make a survey and tell what %age of lady doctors literally continue their profession afterwards.. and one most important step, make entry test real science testing rather than just copying text…that can only crammers pass with flying colours…THANKS :)


  • a
    Oct 2, 2014 - 1:53PM

    this policy is being implemented on the wrong time when all other options have been closed and the future of a large number of female students is on stakeRecommend

  • charm caster
    Oct 2, 2014 - 6:36PM

    it must be implemented from this year…i can’t name a single popular lady doctor in my city in any specialization…all they want from MBBS is to get married in a good place and to be called a doctor…50 50 is perfect it must be implemented.


  • hafsa
    Oct 3, 2014 - 3:24PM

    boys are not intelligent .they can’t compete with hardworking girls boys beg to have such policies so that they can get admissions really amazing


  • shankar
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:30PM

    this is best thing


  • shankar
    Oct 7, 2014 - 5:31PM

    this is best


  • Owais
    Oct 11, 2014 - 6:43AM

    this is the best decision by PMDC, should be implemented from this year…


  • Owais
    Oct 11, 2014 - 6:44AM

    must be implemented from this year.


  • zaki
    Oct 13, 2014 - 4:41PM

    *great and logical policy by PMDC,but i think this best decision might be taken manyyears ago.late but good,now i inform the PMDC that they should nt be late in monitoring privatisation of medical education as it has been ruined by private sector otherwise PMDC and other policy makers would be agian in trouble *


  • zaki
    Oct 13, 2014 - 4:50PM

    very good


  • h.m.usman
    Oct 15, 2014 - 12:54PM

    this is best decision because only males can serve their country while girls cant females just want to be a doctr they do not want to be practicle and waste males seats who are always in search of a job


    Oct 21, 2014 - 6:51PM

    first of all it is the first best notification by PMDC. This policy should apply from this year


  • saeed
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:35AM

    yes it is a best decision by pmdc for admission at medical centers …… iam very glad to hear about a new policy because in our district merit is very high and all are boys at the top of list … i feel very lucky……. very good…………………


  • kundan
    Oct 25, 2014 - 10:37PM

    GOOD decision by pmdc


  • asif
    Nov 2, 2014 - 6:14PM

    My dear Saeed try fair means rather than stealing others merit.


  • saeed
    Nov 12, 2014 - 10:47AM

    good decision by pmdc for admission in medical college


  • usman
    Nov 17, 2014 - 12:51PM

    yes it is a best decision by pmdc for admission at medical centers


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