The Sindh High Court (SHC) has barred the provincial authorities to conduct a medical entrance test on October 18th.
According to the details, Sindh High Court in its order remarked that the provincial government cannot conduct medical entrance tests until a decision is made on the petition.
The court summoned the federal and Pakistan Medical Commission and other parties in two separate petitions. Under the old PMDC law, more than 30,000 medical students in Sindh were to undergo NTS tests.
It should be noted that SHC on Wednesday issued notices to federal and provincial law officers, Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), provincial admission committee, and others on a petition challenging the medical and dental colleges and universities admission testing system.
The petitioners who were pre-medical students submitted in the petition that the tug of war between the federal and provincial governments over the admission policy criteria for medical and dental colleges and universities has resulted in confusion of huge proportions amongst the aspiring students who wanted to secure admissions to medical colleges and universities in the country.
Petitioners said that federal and Sindh governments had announced separate medical college and university admission policies which had made the fate of medical students in the province in jeopardy.
The high court was requested to declare that the medical and dental colleges and universities admissions criteria by the federal government were made without fulfilling mandatory legal criteria of setting up an academic board and so it was without legal effect.
The petitioners requested the SHC to also declare the medical college admission test on October 18 announced by the provincial admission committee as per the PMDC Admissions Regulations 2020 without legal effect as the PMDC Ordinance 1962 had been repealed and the council was dissolved in virtue of the PMC Act.