Justice Jawad Hassan of Lahore High Court has dismissed a number of petitions challenging the procedure adopted by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to conduct the National Medical & Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) for 2021.
Judge held that no illegality has been found in applying the rules, regulations and the Act during the entire process of the MDCAT 2021- 22, and the petitioners have failed to make out a case for interference by this court.
Judge also observed that the petitioners may file their review before the PMC for redressal of their grievance till Oct 29. Judge directed the PMC to decide the reviews, if filed, strictly in accordance with law within a period of one week from its filing.
All the petitioners had challenged the procedure for the test being contrary to section 18 (1) of the Pakistan Medical Commission Act, 2020 and Pakistan Medical Commission Conduct of Examinations Regulations, 2021. They submitted that in this section the word “a date” and “single admission test” was written and in a singular form not in plural i.e. “dates” or “tests”.
They claimed that the PMC was bound to hold a single test on one selected date. They requested to decide whether the mandatory requirement to hold a single test as provided under the law can be allowed to be violated.
In rebuttal, the PMC counsel questioned the maintainability of all these petitions and said the petitioners had the right to file review before the commission. He also said that bare perusal of the Act made it clear that the expression “single admission test” in section 18 referred to the fact that every student would only be allowed to appear in and sit for one MDCAT in a year.
Counsel asserted that section 20 of the Act clearly stated that the examination shall be held at least twice a year and the entire argument of the petitioners regarding construction and interpretation of section 18 was flawed.
The judge after hearing counsel dismissed all the petitions.