Pasban demands justice for meritorious medical students

Karachi, November 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):Expressing grave concern over the issue of cancellation of the NTS test for admissions in government-run medical colleges of Sindh province, Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor here Friday demanded justice for the meritorious medical students to save their future.

In a statement, he said that the cancellation of the NTS test in Sindh for admissions in medical colleges has created unrest amongst the students who have passed this test, and their parents. He said it is yet to be proved that the NTS entry test paper was actually leaked, but instead of waiting for completion of inquiry the government ordered cancellation of this test and conducting a fresh test, which the candidates who had passed this test and their parents also consider a grave injustice.

He said when a similar case was reported in Punjab province; the Punjab government not only unearthed the whole mafia chain but also arrested them. He said in Sindh nobody is yet to be arrested and even it is not proved if the NTS test paper was really leaked. He said the Pasban opposes the cancellation of the NTS test and considers it injustice with the meritorious candidates.

He said that the decision about the retest is uncalled for, as the test conducted by the NTS was fair and transparent enough. He said retest in this regard would be murder of test. He said due to corruption in Sindh, some quarters are against the rule of merit. These elements are bent to end the role of NTS in Sindh so to restart their corrupt practices.

He said if the retest is held it would compel the candidates who had already passed it to disbelieving the system and they may opt to think on rebellion lines. He said we should not send our brilliant youth to lawlessness. He appealed the apex judiciary to take notice of this issue and dole out justice to the meritorious candidates, who have already passed the NTS test.

Altaf Shakoor also demanded action against what he called a mafia of private medical colleges who had announced their admission without waiting for the results of admissions of government-run colleges and in this way extorted millions of rupees from the parents of aspirant medical students.

He asked what role is playing the institutions like Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to stop exploitation of medical students and their parents. He demanded to end malpractices of the owners of private medical colleges and ask them to conduct their admissions after the completion of the admission process in government medical colleges.

He demanded that money deposited by the parents with the private medical colleges whose children have qualified for admission in government medical colleges should be returned back to them. He said the private medical colleges have already hiked the package of their admissions, which should also be thoroughly probed, as many of these colleges do not have required full-time faculty and well-equipped hospitals.

He said it is yet to be proved and established that the NTS paper was leaked. He said why the health department of Sindh cancelled the NTS test without completing inquiry and getting proof of the paper leak. He said Pasban is holding a protest demo along with the affected students, their parents and civil society in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC), adding they will also file a petition to get justice for the affected students.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Pasban Pakistan
Pasban Central Secretariat
Office # 9, Five Star Center,
Block 11, University Road, Opp. Ibne Sina Hospital,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-34024480-81
Cell: +92-322-2212434


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