Health Pakistan

This year, 5,873 seats remained vacant in medical and dental colleges

This year, for the first time in the history of the country, more than 28% or about 5,873 seats in public and private medical and dental colleges remained vacant.

In view of this situation, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has approved a special policy to fill the vacancies for the 22-2021 session, Dawn reported.

Under the policy, colleges which have not uploaded the list of students for admission will be allowed to upload it till February 18.

After February 18, the PMC will provide these vacant seats to eligible students who have not been admitted. A one-time merit-based appointment will be made by February 28 to ensure that all admissions are completed.

According to a document available with Dawn newspaper, 1,566 seats are vacant in Sindh, 1,331 in Punjab, 72 in Balochistan, 58 in Islamabad and 51 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The PMC last year briefed the public and private medical and dental colleges on the process, duration and conduct of admissions for the session 2021-22 through the Medical and Dental Undergraduate Education (Admission, Curriculum and Conduct) Regulations 2021. Was

According to the regulations, private and public sector colleges had to strictly adhere to the stipulated time for admissions, and upload the list of students seeking admission on the PMC portal as per the published and announced schedule.

Colleges were repeatedly notified, reminded and updated on the duration which was communicated to them directly and regular announcements were made to ensure that the admissions process was on schedule. To be completed.

Despite several warnings issued by the PMC to the public and private medical and dental colleges to facilitate the students in a timely manner, 5,873 (28.31%) Seats remain vacant.

Out of 3,682 seats available in private and government dental colleges, 1,936 (52.6%) seats remained vacant till the last date of admissions while out of 17,065 seats in public and private medical colleges, 3,937 (23.07%) seats remained vacant. Stay

Apparently, 78% (3,078 seats) of vacancies in medical colleges are in government medical colleges and 47% (917) seats in government dental colleges remained vacant due to non-adherence to deadline for admission.

On February 15, the Medical and Dental Council met and reviewed the vacancy situation and consulted with the colleges.

The Council unanimously approved that after reviewing the lists uploaded by each private and public medical and dental college and resolving any grievances of the students, admission to the vacant seats would be subject to the vacancy policy. Will be done