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PMC: Federal Health Minister explains new MDCAT policy

Islamabad: Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) recently released a video with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan. He explained the new admission criteria for Class of 2020.

In addition, Dr Sultan stated that the regulators need to make sure that youngsters coming into the industry have basic minimum academic achievement at the point of entry.

“ That is to say that you are committing someone to study for five years; they will be able to maintain studies. This is the MDCAT that you’re familiar with,” SAPM Dr Sultan said in the video.

The SAPM further explained, “The difference is that there will be one MDCAT which will be uniform so there are no variations and changes and has single credibility.”

He further said, “The weightage for public colleges the MDCAT will have is 50%.”

Dr Sultan also said, “The provincial governments will carry out admissions in their provinces on the provincial government’s central merit policy.”

On the other hand, the private colleges will get their “admission policy approved from their affiliated university and PMC”.

“Admission policy of every college will be announced annually at the conclusion of previous year’s admissions,” said Dr Sultan. He added that private colleges will be allowed to add “their criteria apart from MDCAT over and above that”.

-DN Report

October 13, 2020

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