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Decentralised admission process to facilitate medical students in KP

Decentralised admission process to facilitate medical students in KP

PESHAWAR: The ongoing efforts for decentralisation of the admission process are helping in early start of academic session in the public sector medical and dental colleges of the province, according to officials.

“For the first time in the history of medical education, we have started decentralising the admission process, much to the convenience of the students,” Prof Mushtaq Ahmad Marwat, associate dean undergraduate studies at the Khyber Medical College, told Dawn.

Every year, the KMC being the oldest institution of the province conducts the whole exercise of admissions for all the nine public sector medical and dental colleges of the province, which causes difficulties to the students as well as staff and faculty of the college.

However, the KMC involved representatives of other medical colleges for the current year’s admission process and in part to build their capacity for doing the process single-handedly from next year.

Officials say initiative helping in early start of session in medical colleges

“Previously, we would conduct the whole process, from preparation of merit for all colleges, interviews of the students, checking their documents and depositing admission fee which took longer and classes were started in November,” he said. Prof Marwat said that this year they received admission forms from September 6 to 19 and provided air-conditioned 300-seat lecture theatre to the candidates where they sat and submitted their documents to the committee members face to face.

He said that earlier the students would submit their admission forms through a window due to which they couldn’t interact with the dealing clerks and many faced difficulties due to incomplete form. Under that system there were also complaints of out-of-turn submission of forms.

The candidates were previously sent to the district courts to get stamp papers, but this year they were provided with the services of oath commissioners and photocopiers in the same building.

Prof Mushtaq, who is head of the pharmacology department at KMC, said that with the help of representatives of all the colleges for scrutiny of 4,183 forms for 773 seats on open merit and 648 for 162 seats for Fata and Frontier region, the cumbersome process was completed easily, and that too with the services of lesser people compared to previous years.

KMC Dean Prof Noorul Iman, chairman of the admission committee, told Dawn that the students first took entrance test conducted by EATA under the Khyber Medical University after which they would issue the admission forms to them throughout the province.

He said that the students would come for tasks such as showing preference of college, submission of fee, etc to KMC, but now they would go straight to the preferred college as per their forms for such things.

He said that previously the whole process was done centrally at KMC and the students were sent to the relevant colleges where they started classes. He said that often the students would face problems in their respective colleges due to which they would travel to KMC.

“This year, we prepared merit lists for all colleges and sent the students to respective institutions where they were interviewed and the classes were started from October 30,” he said. In the next few years, local colleges would be doing the entire process themselves, he said.

Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2017

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