Punjab Government Revises Medical and Dental College Admission Policy. In a significant update to the admission policy for medical and dental colleges in Punjab, the government has made a significant change that directly impacts Hafiz-e-Quran candidates. The revised policy, which is set to take effect this year’s medical and dental admissions, discontinues the practice of awarding additional marks to Hafiz-e-Quran candidates applying for government medical and dental colleges of Punjab.
Why The Admission Policy Have Been Changed?
This policy shift comes as part of the government's efforts to ensure transparency and fairness in the admission process for medical and dental colleges across Punjab. Hafiz-e-Quran medical candidates, who were previously awarded extra marks as an incentive, will now be evaluated on the same academic criteria as all other applicants.
Who Decided to Eliminate the Extra Marks?
The decision to update the admission policy has been made due to the orders of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). The PMDC gave the orders to abolish the Hafiz-e-Quran medical candidates extra marks after the decision of a 6-member bench of the Supreme Court. Now, the Hafiz-e-Quran candidates applying for the MBBS and BDS programs at the government colleges of Punjab will be evaluated according to the same academic conditions as all other applicants.
Implementation of This New Policy
It's essential to highlight that according to the previous PMDC admission policy, Hafiz-e-Quran candidates were awarded an additional 20 marks as a recognition of their memorization of the Quran. This bonus marked a significant advantage for Hafiz-e-Quran students during the admission process. However, beginning with this year's admission cycle, a new policy will come into effect, discontinuing the practice of awarding these extra marks to Hafiz-e-Quran candidates. As the new policy is implemented, Hafiz-e-Quran candidates, like all other applicants, will be evaluated solely on their academic achievements, marking a shift towards equal opportunities for all aspiring MBBS and BDS students.