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PMnDC Meets To Face Forgery Charges Fraud Allegations

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Islamabad: The country’s highest body regulating medical education, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC), is meeting today (Tuesday) after its members were accused of forgery in issuance of gazette notification and a few of its officials are being tried in court on account of alleged financial misappropriation.
Despite registration of a first information report (FIR) against the elite of PM&DC just two days ago in Islamabad, the Council meeting in Karachi will sort out the issues pertaining to their alleged forgery.
The big guns nominated in the recent FIR include Prof Masood Hameed, President, PM&DC and Vice Chancellor Dow University; Dr Asim Hussain, ex-Minister and now Chancellor, Ziauddin Medical University; Registrar, Dr Raja Amjad; Prof Ghulam Qadir Kazi, VC Isra University, Hyderabad; Dr Saadat Khan; Professor Bolan Medical College, Quetta; Dr Khurshid Ahmad Nasim, Principal, Islamabad Medical and Dental College; Prof Syed Muhammad Awais, Head of Department Orthopedics, King Edward Medical University; and ex-Professor VC KEMU, Prof Hafeezullah; VC Khyber Medical University, Prof Abdus Salaam Principal Sardar Begum Dental College, Peshawar; and Prof Azam Yousifani, VC of a Medical University in Nawabshah.
The PM&DC has not only been caught forging the gazette notification printed from the Printing Press of Pakistan but has also been registering sub-standard medical colleges as has been reported in the Commission of Inquiry’s report, a copy available with The News.
The Commission formed by the government has recommended closing five medical colleges recognized during the PPP tenure. Justice (R) Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi, Chairman, Commission of Inquiry, in his 1000-page report has recommended that Muhammad Bin Qasim Medical College, Karachi; Bhitai Dental and Medical College, Mirpurkhas; Sahiwal Medical College; Pak Red Crescent Medical College, Lahore; and Hashmat Medical College, Gujrat, be de-recognized under the relevant provision of PM&DC Ordinance 1962/Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012, in accordance with law after the commission found the colleges not up to the mark and were providing substandard facilities.
Interestingly, Prof Masood Hameed, the PM&DC President, was in the Executive Committee that approved the recognition of the above mentioned colleges, and he was also the member of the commission of inquiry and endorsed closure of the colleges which he himself had approved for recognition.
Once one of the best in the world, the medical education in Pakistan faced worst ever deterioration during last five years and billions were collected by registering mostly substandard medical institutions pushing up the number of these colleges from 20 to 128, an increase of 650 percent in less than six years. Since 1947 till February 2007 (around 60 years), there were only 20 recognized and notified medical institutions in Pakistan but right after a mafia forcibly took control of the affairs of medical education regulator in the country PMDC, registration of substandard medical colleges was started at a great pace and presently there are 128 medical and dental colleges in the country.
The official requirement for maintaining a hospital having all major departments with emergency services is at least 250 beds (for 50 students), 500 beds (for 100 students) and so on. Maintaining a faculty of given number of professors in all 16 major subjects in the medical college, a building and labs of defined standards, financial and legal position; were the basic requirements to get a medical college recognised. However, the mafia bulldozed everything, relaxed conditions, lowered the standards and even did not strictly implement the relaxed conditions and the new soft conditions. The result is now emerging in form of incapable and untrained doctors who are unable to entertain emergency conditions and will bring a bad name for Pakistan.
Last year, an inquiry into the registration of medical practitioners with the PM&DC revealed that around 50 quakes were registered with the council who were practicing their quackery over innocent humans in the country. FIRs were registered against the officials and cases are pending in the courts.
Of late the PML-N government, in a bid to revamp the rotting PM&DC, held a meeting of all the stakeholders and in that meeting the President PM&DC agreed to leave his office along with all the members of the council and asked the government to issue an ordinance for fresh election of the members of council, well-placed sources said. The sources said that the registration of FIR against the top brass of PM&DC is a message to all the high-ups of council that the government has no-confidence in them.
Source or Reference: This News was Published in English Newspaper :Daily The News on 04-02-2014

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