SHC Suspends Govt. Orders to Re-Conduct Entry Test

Haseeb Uddin 01:14 PM, 2 Dec, 2017

SHC bars government from announcing new date to conduct entry test for medical colleges until the final decision in the case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended operation of the notification of the Sindh government to conduct fresh entry test for admission to government-run medical colleges of the province.

According to details, a double bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) headed by Justice Aqeel Abassi heard the constitutional petition filed by Pasban-e-Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor and a candidate for admission to medical college, Khursheed, against the government’s decision to cancel the results of NTS test for admissions to the government-run medical colleges and universities of the province.

The petitioner had prayed the court to declare the government notification for cancelling the NTS results for admissions to government-run medical colleges and universities null and void.

The court directed the respondents to file their comments and it ordered that the operation of the government notification would remain suspended till the case was pending with the court. The government was also barred from announcing any new date for the conduct of fresh entry tests till the case is decided.

It may be noted that the petitioner making the province of Sindh through Health Department secretary, NTS through its CEO and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) through its chairman respondents, had submitted that the NTS was reputed company involved in providing services for conducting various examinations, tests, screening processes for the government and other institutions. The petitioners denied the allegations of paper leak and said requested the court that the impugned notification to conduct entry test afresh be declared null and void.

They also requested the court to declare that the test results of the entry test for MBBS and BDS for session 2017-18 were valid and liable to be acted upon. They requested the court to restrain the respondents or their agents from conducting any other entry test for MBBS and BDS session 2017-18.