On Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) maintained the Pakistan Medical Commission’s (PMC) decision to solely consider a student’s grades in optional subjects when determining their admission status to medical and dentistry institutions in 2021.
The court dismissed the petition that was brought forth by both the new applicants and the FSC 2020 graduates. The petitioners had argued that the PMC judgment was unfair to candidates whose FSC was finished in 2020 or after 2021.
The LHC ruled that the policy decision of PMC, as it is described in the public notice, “fully stands to reason and suffers from no inherent or illegal discriminatory feature being based on tenable classification” and, as a result, does not warrant interference in the court’s extraordinary constitutional and discretionary jurisdiction.
According to the PMC public notice, students who completed their FSC pre-medical or equivalent test in 2021 and sought admission to a medical or dental institution for the 2022–2023 session had been advised that only their marks and percentages in elective courses would be taken into account for merit.
According to PMC rules, the admissions procedure for medical education is based on a set weightage formula, with 50% of the weightage going to the MDCAT, 40% to the FSC (pre-medical)/HSSC/equivalent, and 10% to the SSC/Matriculation/Equivalent.