Universities

Few private medical universities break cabinet rules

CARACHI:

The Sindh government has warned private medical and dental colleges to strictly follow the student quota and minimum provincial cabinet guidelines.

Private universities that do not adhere to the policies set by Sindh will be asked to explain their position, Sindh’s Minister of Health and People’s Welfare, Dr. Azra Pechuho, said in a meeting with Executive Director of JPMC and Vice Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University Dr. Shahid. Rasul.

It was revealed during the meeting that a few private medical universities violate the rules set by the provincial cabinet.

The assembly was also informed that admission requirements based on domicile are also ignored.

Private institutions have been mandated to prioritize the admission of students applying from Sindh, the minister said.

These private medical colleges have a maximum quota of five percent students from each province and the majority of students must be from Sindh.

Sindh students with scores of 50% and above on their PMC test must be admitted to private medical institutions, the minister added.

She also warned that the merit list in admitting the university must be followed at all costs.

Dr. Pechuho said universities and medical schools, in violation of established rules, will have their charters and affiliations revoked.

Earlier in December, she said that admission to medical colleges and universities in Sindh would be granted on the basis of a minimum passing percentage of 50% in the MDCAT and domicile in Sindh would be given preference in the admissions process.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4and2022.