Media reports informed that a notification in this regard has been issued by PM secretariat, PMDC (Pakistan Medical and Dental Council), has been directed to start second shift (evening shift) medical classes in nationwide medical collages.
PMDC has also been directed to review this decision, which the PMDC has earlier strongly rejected during its 117th and 118th meetings, with an outstanding majority. However this issue would still be deliberated in the upcoming meeting of PMDC. In case the issue is approved, Pakistan would be the first Country in the entire wide world to initiate such a procedure.
Meanwhile according to statistics displayed on the website of PMDC, there are more than 1,200 students in dentistry collages, while 4,500 students are undergoing MBBS classes. In public sector collages this enrollment amounts to almost 5,000 students.
Each of the medical students is charged Rs.500, 000 per annum in fees in private collages, and through this scheme these collages stand to gain more than Rs 3 billion in fees.
Comparatively the public sector medical collages would rather put an additional financial strain of Rs. 2.5 billion on National exchequer.
Rejecting the proposed move, the PMDC has said that in view of already lacking facilities of teachers and facilities in both private and public sector medical collages, this move would only degrade the medical standards.