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KP medical colleges leave academic year courses unfinished

KP medical colleges leave academic year courses unfinished

PESHAWAR: The public sector medical colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have not been completing the course for the first year classes as well as the academic year spanning 36 weeks since long and asking the students to go through the remaining course on their own, according to sources.

This has been occurring every year as classes are started two months behind schedule due to the prolonged admission process, they said.

The sources said that the entire admission process to the seven public sector medical colleges took around five months to complete, resulting in wastage of two months of the students.

According to rules set by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), an academic year of the medical colleges should be of 36 weeks (nine months), a professor severing at one of the medical colleges told Dawn.

He said that usually the administration of medical colleges would wind up the academic session early in June to free students for preparation of examinations. He said that for closing the session in June it was binding on the medical colleges to start the first year classes from Sept to fulfil the PMDC’s requirement of 36-week academic year.

Instead of starting the classes in September, the students set out on medical journey by the end of October or in the beginning of November after completion of the admission process, he said.

The professor said that the medical colleges had no alternative programme to make for the wasted two months and compensate the students. Besides, he said that the teachers had no contingency plan to teach the whole course to the students of first year.

In such a situation the teachers hardly complete 75 per cent of the course while the students are asked to go through the remaining course by their own, he said.

The sources said that the KMU and Khyber Medical College were involved in the admission of the students.

Asked about the reason for delay in admissions, KMU’s deputy director admissions Mohammad Islam said that the university had little to do with the admission process. He said that a joint admission committee (JAC) was responsible for the whole process of admissions.

Mr Islam said that KMU was only responsible to provide logistic support – chairs, tents, fans, water etc to the students during the entrance test conducted by the Educational Testing Evaluation Agency (ETEA). He said that the process of holding test by ETEA was started from June 22 for the current academic year while it (EATA) took test on July 24.

“The role of KMU ends in the admission process once ETEA upload the results on its website,” he said. The JAC is headed by Khyber Medical College principal Prof Ijaz Hasan Khan while principles of other public sector medical colleges are its members.

One of the JAC members told Dawn that various factors were responsible for the delay in admission process.

He said that the boards of intermediate and secondary education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa declared the FSc results in July. He said that the admissions to the medical colleges could be started soon after the FSc results as by then the JAC already had received the ETEA results.

However, he said that the JAC had to wait for the FSc results in other provinces because the residents of KP enrolled in the educational institutions in rest of the country had the equal right to take admission in medical colleges of their own province.

He said that the results of FSc were declared in other provinces in August or sometimes in early September.

He said that another reason for the delay was the wait for the students qualifying the A-level whose results were declared by end of August.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2016

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