The Sindh High Court (SHC) has postponed the MDCAT 2020 exams for an unidentified period, ending the misery of its aspiring medical students. The decision was made during the court proceedings on Wednesday.
The court has further directed the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to constitute an academic board and examination authority to finalize the MDCAT syllabus.
The ruling said that the board will have “the powers to formulate the examination structure and standards for the MDCAT for approval of the Council”.
The SHC bench observed that since the National Medical & Dental Academic Board had not been formed under the Pakistan Medical Commission Act 2020, it cannot conduct the MDCAT examination.
Uncertainty Among Students
Students who had registered for the examination were worried about their fees. However, the PMC clarified their concern in a tweet soon after the court order was passed. “All students who registered for the MDCAT by 6th November shall be allowed to sit in the MDCAT with their existing registration and admit card/roll number slips, which have been issued to them,” it read.
The entrance exam was initially scheduled for 15 November but many aspirants were not ready for it and had complained about insufficient preparation time due to the constantly-changing syllabus.
A campaign calling for a postponement of the exam had been launched on Twitter, following which Mohammad Jibran Nasir – a human rights activist and lawyer – had challenged the examination in court.