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Students protest PMC as Shafqat Mahmood gives a cold shoulder

Students protest PMC as Shafqat Mahmood gives a cold shoulder

LAHORE / HYDERABAD / KARACHI / PESHAWAR: Medical students, including MDCAT applicants, staged protests in several cities on Sunday, alleging "irregularities" and injustice by the country's medical regulatory authority, as well as criticizing its policies. .

Protests escalated and anger increased when Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said her ministry "had nothing to do" with either the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) or the MDCAT.

Hundreds of students took to the streets in Peshawar, Hyderabad and Karachi, among other cities, and those from Lahore staged a sit-in in front of the Punjab governor's house, demanding that Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar meet with them.

"These people are not eligible to run PMC," said one student on Twitter.

"Save the future of medical students / future doctors that we ask of you," they added, while another said that the transparency of the MDCAT 2020 "was also questioned, as some students did not receive grace notes while others did."


On the other hand, in Hyderabad, those who appeared for MDCAT accused the Pakistan Medical Council (PMC) - which organizes the test - of issuing controversial results.

Students protesting chanted slogans at the Hyderabad Press Club (HPC) against the alleged discrepancies in MDCAT 2020 made by the PMC a few days ago. They also called on the federal and provincial governments to become aware of the matter.

The students claimed that the MDCAT had been dropped from the course, thus the Sindh students were declared "failed."

Thousands of students would have no choice but to extend the protest movement if their demand to redirect the test was not met, they warned.

Some students also demanded that the PMC review their exams in front of them and provide them with an answer key to ensure transparency.


Also in Peshawar, a group of students gathered to protest against the PMC and the alleged discrepancies that they claimed would affect their future.

The Ministry of Education 'has nothing to do with any'

Tensions among upset students rose further when Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood distanced her ministry from the initiatives after receiving "many calls and emails on this issue."

"Let me clarify as clearly as possible. PMC or MDCAT etc. are all Ministry of Health initiatives," Mahmood said on Twitter.

"I think they are good initiatives but the Ministry of Education has nothing to do with it either."

"What a great riyasat-e-madina we live in @ImranKhanPTI, where the minister of education is not responsible for matters related to education," wrote one of the protesters on Twitter in response.

"I still wonder why such an inexperienced commission is imposed on medical students," said another.

"They did everything they could to ruin the future of medical students."

How to Recheck the Exam

Separately, the 'Protest Against PMC' Twitter account shared information on how to re-verify the test sheets.

"Let your friends know too. [...] It's free," they wrote.

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