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ISLAMABAD June 16 (APP): Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar on Thursday stressed the need for improving quality
of medical education in the country.

She stated this while chairing a meeting on quality of medical education.The participants shared views on the agenda that how medical education could be improved.
After consultation, it was decided that eligibility criteria
for public and private sector medical and dental colleges should be strictly followed to avoid the substandard medical education and doctors in the country.

Admission policy in medical and dental colleges should
be revised. Public and private medical colleges will induct students on merit policy.

Entry test for medical colleges should be centralized at
Provincial and Federal levels and colleges will follow the merit
list issued by their affiliated university after taking entry test examination.

She said, curriculum should be in line with future professional
demands of doctors so that they could serve in rural deprived areas. NEB exam for Foreign Medical Graduates should be standardized and transparent.

She emphasized that certain measures must be undertaken to
meet the faculty deficiencies particularly in Basic Science
Subjects to improve quality of medical education.

Private sector should be bound to open medical and dental
colleges in those locations where there is need of medical and dental colleges.

Fee structure in private medical colleges should be strictly
monitored by PMDC. Overcharging by students in the name of donation should be checked immediately.

The minister said that there is a need for training of
inspectors who inspect the medical colleges and medical teachers should be trained by universities to meet the internationals standards.

She said, foreign seats in public and private medical colleges
should be filled transparently and PMDC will ensure that there is no misuse of these seats.