Punjab government has announced changes to the admission policy for public sector medical and dental institutes in the province. This decision comes after a six-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan disposed of a suo motu case related to this matter earlier in April.
The new policy stipulates that Hafiz-e-Quran candidates will no longer be awarded 20 extra marks during the merit calculation for the upcoming admission period. This change is in line with the decision made by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The PMDC’s lawyer, Afnan Kundi, informed the bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan that the decision to award 20 extra marks to the candidates had already been withdrawn. After hearing the arguments, Justice Ijazul Ahsan stated that there was no ongoing problem, leading to the closure of the suo moto case.
The Punjab Health Department has confirmed that the marks have been abolished in accordance with the PMDC’s decision. This move is expected to bring about a significant shift in the admission process for medical and dental institutes in Punjab, ensuring a more level playing field for all candidates.
This policy revision reflects the government’s commitment to uphold meritocracy and fairness in the education sector. It is anticipated that this change will have far-reaching implications for future admissions in medical and dental institutes across the province.