The Punjab government has implemented a centralized admission policy for both public and private medical institutions throughout the province.
This policy has caused conflict between the University of Health Sciences (UHS) and the Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions (PAMI).
The UHS guaranteed that the proprietors and chiefs of 46 confidential area clinical and dental universities in Punjab communicated their trust in the varsity concerning central admission policy in a meeting held here on Friday.
The majority of private medical colleges, as per the PAMI, have gone against the policy, boycotted UHS proceedings, and announced the scheme to be against the law and disregarding the laid out rules and guidelines.
In the hours-long movement seen inside and outside the UHS on Friday, the two sides have areas of strength for staying in their positions.
As per a UHS representative, all participants at a significant meeting held on Friday and directed by UHS Chancellor Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore consistently chose to execute the focal enlistment strategy in Punjab in letter and spirit.
As indicated by him, the UHS VC advised the owners and chiefs of private clinical establishments about the admission procedures.
Prof. Rathore stated during the meeting that the Punjab government’s approach expects enlistment to both government and private universities that ought to be unified to guarantee legitimacy and straightforwardness.
He called attention to that the Pakistan Clinical and Dental Council Act 2022 laid out the establishment of the provincial government’s policies.
Private medical college owners received assurances from the UHS VC that MBBS and BDS admissions would be handled promptly and that all the vacancies would be filled on merit.
He carefully considered the advice from the college administrators as well, and he pledged to deal with their problems with admissions. He also guaranteed that the UHS and other colleges would work together to organize admissions.
On October 16, UHS will start accepting applications for admission to medical and dentistry schools in the public and private sectors.
On the other hand, PAMI representatives conducted a press conference outside the UHS, proclaiming that the majority of private medical colleges chose to abstain from the university’s scheduled meeting and left the premises.
Dr. Mian Abdul Rasheed, the association’s impermanent president, let journalists know that the approach was planned and placed into impact for the time being without speaking with the major stakeholders, like the proprietors of the private clinical and dental schools.
He condemned the Punjab government’s proper arrival of the affirmations rules planned only for clinical and dentistry foundations in the region for the impending scholastic year of 2023-2024.
The PAMI president said that the focal enlistment strategy ended up being a failed experiment previously, overpowered by different issues. He featured how the controversial induction policy’s deficiencies brought about 230 seats staying unfilled in both 2018 and 2019.
The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), as indicated by Dr Rasheed, has previously abandoned this methodology.
Also, he communicated trouble over the UHS’s approval to get 1 million rupees in expenses to its record under the new questionable strategy, calling it an outrageous infringement of the rights of the private medical and dental colleges and an outright unlawful activity.
The president of PAMI expressed that we firmly reject the focal enlistment strategy for admissions to private clinical and dental universities and said that the scope of the protest would be broadened in the coming days.