Balochistan students demand PMC to restore over 100 medical seats

Students demand restoration of medical seats in Punjab prestigious medical institutions

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Balochistan students demand PMC to restore over 100 medical seats

Health Desk :

Medical students of Balochistan have demanded of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to restore over 100 medical seats of the province. Students have also expressed a concerned voice over the denial of seats to candidates in Punjab’s prestigious medical institutions.

“I spent sleepless nights to get admission in King Edward College”, Khoshal Khan, a student shortlisted medical candidate lamented. Mr. Khan said instead of King Edward College, the Punjab government has granted him admission to a medical college in D.G Khan.

Since the establishment of Bolan Medical College in the 1970s,  shining students from Balochistan used to study on provincial quota in Nishatar Medical College, King Edward and others.

Shehbaz Sharif had increased medical seats of Balochistan 

The former chief minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif doubled reserved seats of medical students from 11 to 22 for Balochistan in 2008. “Without any reason, we have been deprived of seats in prestigious organizations”, Tanveer, another student complained.

“We have written a letter to Punjab health ministry regarding the issue”, Noor ul Haq Baloch, the Secretary Health Balochistan told Quetta Voice. He said Punjab government has assured solution of the issue.

PMC decreased Balochistan seats from 134 to 14

In another move, the PMC also decreased Balochistan’s medical seats from 134 to only 14 in the higher education commission in medical. “This is a clear violation of rights of students from Balochistan”, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani, the former chief minister said.

The Balochistan Assembly has also demanded of the federal government to restore medical seats in the high education commission through PMC. “PMC has assured restoration of medical seats of Balochistan”, Finance Minister, Mir Zahoor Buledi said.

Members of opposition parties addressing a press conference in the premises of Balochistan Assembly on Wednesday : Photo Ashraf Khan

Treasury, opposition members call for restoration of seats 

The treasury and opposition members lashed out at the PMC for what they called the organization’s step-motherly treatment with students of Balochistan.

“Provincial government must take up this issue with the federal government”, Sanaullah Baloch, the opposition legislator from the Balochistan National Party (BNP) demanded.

The federal government had reserved 134 medical seats in medical colleges of the country to provide equal study opportunities to students of Balochistan. Since the province is lagging behind other provinces in terms of education, therefore, Islamabad had given a special concession to students of Balochistan to study in prestigious medical institutions.

“This move has wasted our precious time and we need admissions on an emergency basis”, Khushal Khan mentioned.

Balochistan students demand PMC to restore over 100 medical seats

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