MDCAT 2020: SHC files contempt application against PMC

A two-member bench of Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan dismissed the contempt of court. Photo: file

Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday disposed of a petition seeking court proceedings against the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) over its decision to conduct the Medical and Dental College Entrance Examination (MDCAT) examination on 29 November.

The petitioner was seeking contempt charges against the PMC for announcing the exam date without constituting an academic board as per the order given earlier by the High Court.

In today’s hearing, the PMC lawyer told the court that its orders had been implemented. He also told the court that the board had reviewed the syllabus.

Following which, a two-member bench of Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan dismissed the contempt of court.

The petitioner’s counsel, Jibran Nasir, said that the course was announced after the High Court issued a contempt notice to the Commission on 21 November.

In a tweet, Nasser said that the board had given a green signal to a single syllabus and assured that no syllabus question would appear in the exam. He said that if they are upset with the examination material then the students can reach the court.

Case history

Canceling the MDCAT examination of 15 November, the SHC had underlined in its order that since the National Medical and Dental Academic Board was not constituted under the Pakistan Medical Commission Act, 2020, “MDCAT cannot be conducted “.

According to the court’s decision, the board will have “powers to prepare examination structure and standards for MDCAT for Council approval”.

SHC further criticized a notification issued by PMC on October 23, 2020 regarding the syllabus, stating that candidates would have the option to mark any questions that they believed would be provided in the examination center. Wali was beyond the course as to the objection. , Stating that “uncertainty and extreme confusion and anxiety arose in the minds of all applicants” and termed it as “unfair and inhumane”.

“It is quite a unique idea that every applicant will be provided with an objection form at the time of admission to the examination hall, so first he should be obliged to conduct audit practice as to how many questions are to be dropped out of his course.

“As a candidate, a lot of time will be spent for the candidate to go through the full time question paper and then fill the objection form.

“No further mechanism is provided in the above declaration as to how and when the students appearing in MDCAT will know if the objections raised by them were considered and the question considered by them was dropped out of the syllabus Went. Or not. “

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