A level students are never again permitted admissions in MBBS and BDS on foreign quota
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), in a current meeting, proclaimed that A-level students are not qualified to apply for admissions to MBBS/BDS programs at open and private medical and dental universities of the nation on foreign quota.
A level (Advance Level) is a subject based capability presented as a part of GCE (General Certificate of Education. Both, O level (standard level) and A-level go under the British Council.
The PMDC meeting was led by Federal Minister Saira Afzal Tarrar. In this meeting it was then announced that Pakistani A level students cannot be admitted to any private medical school after the implementation of regulations of Oct 2016.
“No candidate shall be eligible for foreign quota seats in public and private medical and dental institutions under sub-regulations (1) and (2) unless he/she holds a permanent foreign nationality or dual nationality or overseas Pakistani students and who have physically studied and passed secondary certificate (SSC) and HSSC passing 12th grade examination or equivalent from outside Pakistan during his/her stay abroad and having a certificate from the institution last attended to this effect,” quoted by the officials.
Barring A levels students from medical schools will put the students future in jeopardy
She exclaimed that the former A level students getting admitted in private medical and dental institutions in Pakistan were on the basis of 2013 PMDC Regulations. She said,
Pakistani national students who have passed an examination equivalent to intermediate level of Pakistan from a foreign university or examining body or foreign education system with three subjects out of which biology and chemistry are essential subjects shall be eligible to appear in the entry test for admission to MBBS/BDS.
Out of 41,677 A level graduates who applied in medicinal and dental establishments in 2013-14, 7.2 percent (2,981) were put under the classification of non-FSc capability.
The new PMDC directions of dismissing the A level students from the medical and dental fields, has endangered the eventual fate of these students as the proportion dropped from 7.2 to 6.7 percent.
This month, entry test of MBBS/BDS will be held, yet the ban has stressed the guardians and the students.
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