Notices Issued in Excess’ MBBS Admissions Case

Larkana:11 April: The Larkana circuit bench of the Sindh High Court on Thursday issued notices to vice chancellor, registrar, director of admission of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, principals of the Chandka Medical College, the Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College, and the Pakistan Medical Association over a petition challenging excess admissions.
The division bench comprising Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto and Salahuddin Panhwar asked the respondents and the additional advocate general to file comments on May 15.
Asif Ali Chandio, final-year student of MBBS in CMC, said in the petition filed through his lawyer Shamsuddin Abbasi that incompetent management of CMC focused only on minting money, misusing authority and bypassing rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) at the cost of education system.
He said the management had failed to raise standard of education to meet the PMDC criteria and not so far rectified the deficiencies pointed out by the council in basic and clinical sciences faculties which affected education not only at the CMC but also at all other constituent colleges of the SMBBMU.
The petitioner expressed the fear his batch faced the danger of being rejected by the PMDC and cited a recent letter written by the PMDC to the principal of CMC on Feb 21, urging the CMC to rectify the faculty deficiencies or face action under Section 22 of PMDC Ordinance 1962.
The Chandka Teachers Association in its letter dated March19 had also called for rectifying the deficiencies but the VC of SMBBMU, principals of CMC and GMMMC did not pay heed to it and went ahead to open the Bibi Assefa Dental College in defiance of PMDC rules.

The petitioner said the principal of CMC and director of admission of SMBBMU admitted 250 students against 242 seats approved and allocated by the PMDC in the petitioner’s batch in violation of rules.

He said the council would register only 242 students and might not accept their degrees because of excess admissions. He said the SMBBMU syndicate comprising 12 members remained silent over the issues and requested the court to direct the VC of SMBBMU, principals of CMC and GMMMC to complete their faculties in accordance with the PMDC demand and submit reports about admissions.
The petitioner urged the court to direct the PMDC and the chancellor to take strict action against the management of SMBBMU and its syndicate over their involvement in illegal acts.Dawn.