In a major facilitative attempt, the Pakistan government has allowed students (who wish to pursue medicine in the future) to sit for the MDCAT test before appearing in their board exams, be it CIEs or Intermediate Board Examination.
The government took this step in a joint high-level meeting held in Islamabad on Thursday. The meeting was co-chaired by the Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mahmood, and Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to PM on health.
The meeting was held to ensure the admission of high school students to public and private medical and dental colleges of Pakistan.
The coronavirus brought the world to a halt, and with that the education and examination schedule was disrupted too. So, in order to overcome that barrier, government took this step to give a fair chance to every student even if they haven’t taken their grade 12 exams.
According to PMC (Pakistan Medical Commission) rules, admissions need to be finalized by January 2022, but the students who will appear for board exams in October/ November will be handed over their results in January next year. So, government has taken this decision to facilitate every student and let them appear for MDCAT tests, even if they don’t have their grade 12 results.
For this purpose, PMC will permit colleges to finalize admission on these special category seats by 10th February 2022.
The PMC vice-president also requested the federal minister for education and SAPM health to consider the issue of using only elective subject results this year for merit creation in public colleges in view of the FSC exams being held for elective subjects only.
The Ministry of Federal Education will be in close contact with provincial ministries to ensure the implementation of this new policy.
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