After abolishing the old Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and jeopardizing this year’s medical and dental colleges’ entry tests, the government-backed Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has now changed the syllabus for the entry tests, leaving the students furious.
Many students showed their anguish on the PMC’s last-minute switch in the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT 2020) syllabus, saying that the move will put their careers at stake.
According to the students, the council had earlier assured them of not including topics outside the existing provincial syllabus.
NMDCAT exam will NOT contain any item/topic which is outside the existing syllabus of your respective province. No NEW syllabus will be issued for NMDCAT this year.
However, PMC, at the eleventh hour, announced a new syllabus for exams. Students blame that they have ‘copy/pasted’ the National University Of Medical Sciences’ (NUMS) syllabus – the entity responsible for designing MDCAT exams this year.
Note that the MDCAT 2020 was earlier planned for October 18 across the country. However, the exams were postponed following a tug of war between the PMC and PMDC and are now scheduled for November 15, 2020.
With less than a month into the exam, students are baffled at how they’ll cover the new syllabus.
Here is how students reacted to the development:
A Twitter user recalled PMC’s old announcement regarding the exam syllabus.
PMC Earlier :Use the nums syllabus as a guide for ur preparation
PMC few days later: Follow syllabus of your respective provinces
PMC now: Uploading the exact copy paste of nums syllabus. R we joke to you !we want our slybs back!#NoPmcSyllabus @shazbkhanzdaGEO @geonews_english
— Ujalajabbar00 (@ujalajabbar00) October 21, 2020
A student accused PMC of playing with their futures.
What a great effort done by PMC. After a hard work Pmc ny new syllabus (so called common syllabus) 15 days m copy kiya… Actually they are working hard to destroy our future!!!!! #NoPmcSyllabus#NoPmcSyllabus@pmc_org@ImranKhanPTI
— Mehwish_Malik (@Mehwish84037406) October 21, 2020
Incensed by the frequent changes in PMC’s stance, another student suggested that the council itself needed a doctor.
Schizophrenia kay patients bhi itnay uncertain nhi hotay jitnay yeh hain. They themselves need a doctor!!!!! #NoPmcSyllabus@geonews_english @geonews_urdu @arynewsud @BBCUrdu @HamidMirPAK @pmc_org https://t.co/POFeEx9crv
— Rimsha (@Rimsha37035040) October 21, 2020
Another student highlighted the differences among inter-provincial curricula and said that a ‘National MDCAT is not possible.’
— eman_2342_ (@eman_2342_) October 21, 2020
The calls for a change in the MDCAT syllabus are growing.
— Amna Ilyas (@AmnaIly56752465) October 22, 2020