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FMDC to start classes from 24th

FMDC to start classes from 24th

ISLAMABAD: The management of the Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC) has finally called 100 students for admissions and decided to start double-shift classes from July 24 to compensate for the delay of almost four months.

It may be noted that the students who appeared in the entrance test held on April 12 and succeeded in getting the required marks could not be given admissions after the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) stopped the FMDC from opening admissions due to a number of deficiencies.

On July 8, however, President Mamnoon Hussain called all the stakeholders to a meeting in which it was decided that the PMDC would allow the students to get admission if the FMDC removed the deficiencies, including the shortage of faculty members, within a month. The FMDC submitted an undertaking but so far the PMDC has not issued the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) to the college.

Sarwar Aizaz, the president of Parents Action Forum, told Dawn that the management of the FMDC on Thursday contacted the students and told them to visit the college on July 22 and 23 for the completion of the admission formalities.

“The decision of the FMDC is appreciated because otherwise the students would have lost an academic year,” he said.

When contacted, Dr Javed Akram, the vice chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (Pims), of which the FMDC is a constituent body, told Dawn that during the meeting held at the presidency it was decided that the college would submit an undertaking to remove all the deficiencies within a month and the PMDC would issue the NOC for starting the admissions.

“On July 14, we submitted the undertaking that the faculty members would be hired within a month but so far the PMDC has not issued the NOC. However, we decided to call the students and start the admission process,” he said.

He said an admission board had been established with Prof Iqbal Memon, Prof Anjum Khawar and others as its members. There is already a delay of almost four months in the academic year so it has been decided that classes will be started from July 24. Moreover, there would be double shift classes to compensate for the delay,” he said.

Dr Javed said the FMDC was the first public sector medical college in the capital where quality education would be ensured.

“Students of the college will be able to do house job at Pims hospital. Besides, some new courses, including that of ethics, will be introduced in the college.”

Published in Dawn, July 21st, 2015

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