ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday ordered the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to handle the grievances of the scholars over the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2020.
The IHC issued the directives whereas listening to a plea filed by college students over the violations by the PMC within the MDCAT examination.
The courtroom mentioned that college students ought to go to the PMC and all their objections can be heard.
During the listening to, the counsel for the scholars had argued that finishing up exams was not within the area of the federal authorities and was a topic of the provincial authorities.
However, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah rejected the argument and mentioned that regulatory authorities don’t fall underneath the provincial area. He then ordered the PMC to resolve the complaints of the scholars.
Protests proceed over discrepancies within the entry examination
Students who appeared for the MDCAT 2020 have been protesting the PMC alleging discrepancies within the take a look at and its outcomes.
The controversy is raging over the latest centralised take a look at for admission to medical and dental faculties throughout the nation after many candidates took the PMC to courtroom over out-of-syllabus and ambiguous take a look at questions, marking errors, and defective candidate knowledge.
Last 12 months, the regulator for medical schooling, PMC, held the MDCAT on November 29 and a particular take a look at on December 13 for many who missed the primary one for being down with coronavirus.
A complete of 121,181 candidates tried the centralised take a look at within the nation’s main cities and 67,611 of them certified it by securing over 60% marks.
Sindh govt calls for to conduct entry take a look at
Amid the criticism on the medical regulator physique, the Sindh authorities has additionally thrown its full weight behind the scholars, demanding permission to conduct an entry take a look at for the native medical and dental faculties by itself.
PML-N has additionally submitted a decision to the Punjab Assembly demanding rechecking of the MDCAT papers within the presence of candidates and the discharge of an FIA inquiry into the take a look at irregularities.
Candidates demand rechecking of papers
Several protesting candidates are demanding the rechecking of their papers, some known as for the grant of passing marks to be 50% and others wished grace marks or the MDCAT to be held once more.
Candidate Abdul Hadi mentioned the PMC ought to make the keys of all A, B, C, and D take a look at patterns together with different keys and paper public, reveal the 14 ambiguous MCQs about which it claims grace marks have been granted, and recheck all papers as a substitute of recounting after making them public.
He additionally demanded the discharge of the report of the FIA probe into the MDCAT paper leak.
Complaining that the proficient aspirants shouldn’t be denied their proper to medical and dental schooling, she mentioned: Please recheck the take a look at with transparency. We need the keys to each code paper.
Bilal Yousafzai puzzled why the PMC did not add the MDCAT query paper and official keys to its web site.
The protesters have additionally taken to social media to vent their anger in opposition to the PMC.
Human rights activist Jibran Nasir sided with the protesting college students and mentioned the PMC had deleted 14 MDCAT questions after admitting they had been ambiguous.
“Those [ambiguous] questions had been 7% of the take a look at. Also, for candidates based mostly in Sindh, a minimum of 18 questions had been out of the syllabus. That is one other 9% of the take a look at.
“This reveals incompetence and shameful conduct by PMC’s tutorial board of not making use of their thoughts in any respect,” he had mentioned in a tweet.
However, the candidates, who handed the MDCAT, declared the PMC admission train honest and urged the unsuccessful ones to simply accept the take a look at outcomes graciously.
PMC rejects allegations
PMC vice-president Ali Raza has rejected the allegation of incorrect marking of some MDCAT questions, saying not solely had been all papers marked accurately however all candidates bought grace marks as properly.
He additionally mentioned some college students had been proven absent from the take a look at as a result of a technical error, which was instantly fastened.
Raza mentioned there was no human involvement in paper checking, whereas the PMC made 27 questions tough to resolve concerning the faculty the profitable candidate is to be enrolled in.