PESHAWAR: The government is yet to review the allocation of reserved seats for the students of Federally Administered Tribal Areas and backward areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the public sector medical and dental colleges in the light of the decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The apex court had abolished all reserved seats in medical schools except the seats reserved for disabled people and students of Fata and backward areas in 2002 and directed the authorities to review the same in 2007.
Officials said that the verdict of Supreme Court had come after reservations were shown by the residents of settled areas who argued that allocation of reserved seats had been depriving them of becoming doctors despite getting higher marks in FSc examinations.
They said that reserved seats for tribal students were meant to provide opportunities to the students having domicile of Fata so that they could become doctors and serve their own people. However, situation with regard to availability of doctors in tribal areas was pathetic as the students, who got admission in medical colleges on reserved quota, were not willing to be posted in Fata, they added.