PMDC warns to stop offering unrecognized postgraduate programmes

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has warned degree awarding institutions against offering unrecognized postgraduate programmes for students.

According to an official of PMDC, a number of medical and dental colleges have been offering postgraduate courses despite the fact that they have not been mandated to offer them.

He said that the council has advised doctors in their own interest that before going for admission in postgraduate medical and dental programs they should ascertain that the postgraduate medical and dental courses programs or diplomas offered by the institution are recognized and are included in the III schedule of PMDC.

He said that students, before getting admission in a postgraduate course should confirm that the institutions and courses were recognized as the council would not accept their degrees in unrecognized programme or unrecognized institution like FCPS, MS, MD, Mphil, Phd and MPH.

He said that PMDC has written letters to all the medical and dental degree awarding institution on the direction of the Council and advised doctors to refrain admission in such unrecognized programs.

He said that it is in the interest of the students to confirm whether colleges, which offer courses or where they are going to get admission, are recognized or not.

He added all the information regarding the institutions and the courses they offer is available on the website of the council.

He said that advertising any unrecognized course is a clear violation of law and the head of the institution can face imprisonment from one year to five years and fine which can be from Rs rupees five million to Rs 10 million.

He added that those institutions who will offer the unrecognized courses can be closed and even their recognized courses can be banned on using them as a cover and offering unrecognized courses.