The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) appointed National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) as the examination providing entity on the basis of a common FSc syllabus of all provinces in its first council meeting held on Friday. Students can use the syllabus already announced by NUMS for their entrance exam.
The meeting also decided that National MDCAT single exam to be held in the 2nd week of November by PMC and exact date of the MDCAT exam will be announced within a week after finalizing all logistics. The council also approved admissions policy 2020-2021 to regulate the admissions and fee structures.
As per announcement passing marks of MDCAT shall be 60%, admission to all public or private colleges including all government notified quota seats shall be subject to mandatorily having passed the MDCAT exam, admission to all public colleges will be held on merit by each province between November and December, admissions of the constituent, administered and affiliated colleges of NUMS shall be carried out by NUMS based on merit and the NUMS entry test being conducted by NUMS on October 11, 2020 will be part of the admission criteria in addition to MDCAT, similarly admissions of Agha Khan Medical College will be conducted by Agha Khan Medical University based on their declared prospectus subject to mandatory condition of having passed the MDCAT and admission to all other private colleges for the 2020-2021 session will be conducted by PMC through a centralized automated system strictly on merit with MDCAT being given 50% weightage and balance weightage to FSc or alternative high school qualification.
The council directed that the proposed fees of all private colleges will be submitted to PMC and notified by PMC including tuition and all ancillary charges. These will be fixed for the period of the entire program for the students obtaining admission this year.
PMC has also decided that with immediate effect all applications to be made to PMC including licensing, renewals etc. shall be made available online for ease of applicants. All pending applications for licenses, renewals and certificates and verifications shall be processed on an urgent basis to be completed within four weeks. Students who are completing their house jobs as of September 25, 2020 shall not be required to take the NLE for grant of Full License. For granting permission to foreign graduates to seek a license, foreign college verification will be initiated on an immediate basis. Only students graduating from recognized foreign colleges will be permitted to take the NLE for grant of full licenses in Pakistan.
The announcement further said that students seeking admission to foreign colleges currently would be doing so at their risk and cost pending verification of these foreign colleges. On a report from the Pakistan Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, all medical colleges in Kyrgyzstan are currently placed on a restricted black list and degrees awarded shall not be considered by PMC as valid for purposes of grant of license to practice in Pakistan.