PMC directs medical colleges to calculate merit by using science elective subjects

ISLAMABAD   -  The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has directed all public and private medical colleges to only use science elective subjects’ marks obtained by students for calculating merit in the institutions, The Nation learnt on Friday.

Meanwhile, parents have expressed concerns that the decision will benefit the FSc students, but A-level students will suffer as their marks will be reduced when they are converted by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). 

The PMC in its memorandum notice issued to public and private sector medical colleges said that “reference to PMC earlier notification all public and private medical/dental colleges are required to strictly comply with the decision of the Council dated 25.06.2021”.

It said that the Council in its meeting held on 25th June, 2021 approved a policy for calculation of merit for the upcoming admissions in line with the government policy due to Covid-19 pandemic where the marks obtained by the students in the science electives only shall be used for calculating the merit.

“This policy will apply to all students taking their FSc in 2021 and who are applying on the basis of last year’s FSc results or on the basis of A-levels results to ensure no discrimination in merit calculations,” said the notification.

The notice stated that all colleges/universities when calculating the merit for admissions shall ensure that for purposes of FSc or A-level or any equivalent HSSC qualification results only the marks obtained in the science electives of Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics be used.

It further said that notwithstanding the use of only electives for preparation of merit the applying student must have obtained 655 or more aggregate score (in all subjects cumulatively) in their FSc, A-level or any equivalent HSSC qualification as prescribed by regulations.

Meanwhile, a father of the student in A-levels, Intezar Ahmed viewed the decision as irrational as it will benefit the students of FSc but not the A-level students. 

Ahmed said that marks of A-level students are reduced when IBCC converts them, and an equivalence certificate is issued to them.

He said that the decision will bring discriminatory results for A-level students. 

Muhmmad Shakeel based in Dubai said that A-level students will suffer with the decision and PMC must look out another way or formula for them.

He said that around 10per cent marks are reduced when IBCC implements its formula and issues certificates to Cambridge students. 

The PMC following the court orders has also extended the registration date for MDCAT. Statement of PMC said that In compliance with the Order of the Honourable Lahore High Court, the Pakistan Medical Commission has opened up a special provisional Late Registration with late fees for MDCAT applicants from 17 August 2021 - 21 August 2021.

It said that the applicants on submitting the application online will be sent an email with their password and payment options. Payments can be made online, through bank deposit or at PMC head office as a special provision.

It said that on completing registration the student will be scheduled for an exam date subject to the availability of seats. The rescheduling option is only available to students who registered before the 25th of July 2021.

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