Discrimination in MBBS admissions continues

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    Discrimination in MBBS admissions continues

    Medical colleges in Karachi bar students from interior Sindh

    • PPP senator, JI, SUP and JSQM leaders reject university’s policy

    KARACHI: The doors of public sector medical colleges of Karachi, the capital of Sindh, will remain closed for the students hailing from interior of province, as same policy of offering admissions to the candidates having Karachi domicile and permanent residential certificate continues even after the grant of university status to Sindh Medical College (SMC) that separated it from Dow Medical University (DMU).

    Earlier, the policy of barring students of interior Sindh was adopted by Dow Medical College, which got university status during Musharraf regime-backed ethic organisation’s rule over the city. The people of interior Sindh expected opening of doors for them when the Pakistan People’s Party government announced this year granting university status to Sindh Medical College, established in early 1970s by the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

    However, a press advertisement of Sindh Medical University (SMU) published on Sunday offering admissions for the MBBS Session 2012 washed away all such expectations of people of Sindh, as the eligibility criteria for the open merit clearly states that only the candidates having Matric certificates of Karachi, intermediate certificates of Karachi, domicile certificates and permanent residence certificates of Karachi are eligible to apply.

    Surprisingly, the categories of seats have the provision for the students of Balochistan Medical College, Quetta and Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore besides LUMHS Hyderabad and PMC Nawabshah under ‘merit cum choice’ that means migration.

    “This is an unfair policy and we reject it out-rightly,” Senator Dr Karim Khawaja of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said while talking to PPI on phone. “Karachi is the capital of Sindh province and the present government granted university status to SMC for providing opportunities of medical education to the students from all over the province and nor to those belonging to some particular area,” he added.

    Senator Khawaja said seats are allocated for the students of Karachi in other medical colleges and universities based in interior of province but in Karachi closing doors to candidates of interior was unjust. “We have taken notice of admission policy of SMU and would talk to its vice chancellor at a dinner meeting tonight and submit a report to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah,” he told.

    Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Sindh Maulana Asadullah Bhutto also rejected the admission policy of SMU terming it violation of constitution and the basic human rights. “Sindh is one province therefore there must not be such discriminatory education policies,” he said talking to this news agency. “All the education and admission policies should be Sindh-based,” Bhutto said adding that his party would raise voice against admission policy of SMU.

    President Sindh United Party (SUP) Syed Jalal Mahmood Shah also rejected admission policy of SMU and said it should be based on open merit for entire province. “We had always opposed such policies, as they benefit only particular class of people.

    “Such policies were introduced by Gen Musharraf but there is no change even today when PPP rules claiming to be a democratic government,” he said remarking that PPP government has betrayed the people of Sindh.”

    He said his party rejects this anti-Sindhi people policy of SMU and would protest against it jointly with other nationalist parties.

    Senior vice president of SUP Syed Shah Muhammad Shah also condemned SMU admission policy and said the PPP government in coalition with remnants of Musharraf regime is toeing anti-Sindh policies. “This admission policy indicates that PPP government has virtually divided Sindh. We will talk to other nationalist organization to devise joint strategy for raising voice against anti-Sindh policy,” he said.

    Acting chairman Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Dr Niaz Kalani rejecting anti-Sindh policy of SMU said unfortunately the PPP government is causing more damage to Sindhis as compared to Gen Musharraf. “Musharraf was not Sindhi and we didn’t expect good from him, but they (PPP) are causing more harm despite being Sindhis.

    “JSQM will hold a meeting today on this issue to devise strategy against SMU’s admission policy,” he told. ppi