LHC Reserves Decision On Petition Against PMDC Tests
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) consisting of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Anwar Bhaur on Monday reserved judgement on a petition challenging the process of holding tests by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
Nazifa Fatima, a student of FSc Medical, challenging the test process, moved the petition. The petitioner’s counsel, Azhar Siddique, submitted that in Punjab the entry tests were being held prior to the announcement of the FSc results, which resulted in prohibition of the petitioner to participate in the entry test. He said that holding entry tests in such a manner was a violation of the fundamental rights envisaged in the constitution and also in clear-cut violation of the mandatory instructions issued by the PMDC.
The counsel said that all other provinces had an eligible criteria of 60 percent marks in FSc and passing marks of 50 percent in the entry test. He said the UHS and the admission board chairman for medical/dental institutions of Punjab, without any approval from the PMDC, had adopted a 60-percent marks eligibility criteria in 2009.
He pointed out that in the same year, the respondents while going a step further and while negating the regulations of the PMDC, increased the passing marks from 40 to 60 percent.