SC declares MDCAT mandatory for admissions in medical colleges

Written by The Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court on Thursday maintained the Lahore High Court (LHC) order and declared Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) mandatory for admissions in medical colleges.
A three-member SC bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Munib Akhtar had reserved the judgment on September 27.
The applicants sought permission to file the instant petition against the decision of the Lahore High Court dated 26.01.2021, reason being that the said judgment has been adopted and followed by the Islamabad High Court.
The five-page judgment authored by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah stated that the admission to medical or dental programs conducted by the public colleges should be regulated as per the policy of the Provincial Governments strictly on merit and admission to a private college should be in accordance with the criteria and requirements stipulated by the private college at least one year in advance of admissions including any additional
entrance test as may be conducted by a private college subject to any conditions imposed by the relevant university to which such college is affiliated.
The SC, however, ruled that under the regulations students applying for any medical or dental college were required to take MDCAT mandatory and the same applied to private medical colleges.
The court ruled that private colleges were not allowed to circumvent Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test with their home-developed tests as MDCAT is a legal requirement protected by the Pakistan Medical Commission Act, 2020.
The court also quoted from the act: “Any student seeking admission in any medical or dental college shall mandatorily be required to have passed the MDCAT examination held by PMC.
The passing marks for the MDCAT examination shall be 60%.”

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