Overseas medical students unhappy with new admission policy

Overseas medical students unhappy with new admission policy

Overseas medical students unhappy with new admission policy

 The overseas Pakistani medical students are dissatisfied with the new admission policy of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC). The overseas students said that the new admission policy has disappointed students residing in Gulf countries, who return home to pursue medical education. They added that the commission has increased the fee for overseas students and those holding dual nationality in the new admission policy. Rana Anwar Ali, a Pakistani living in Qatar, told The Express Tribune that the children of Pakistanis, who work abroad and send home valuable foreign exchange, are facing discrimination compared to local students in private medical colleges. He added that the people who live in Gulf countries do not have the same educational facilities and opportunities as dual nationals or international students living in other parts of the world. PMC Vice-President Ali Raza told The Express Tribune that the admission process for medical students, be they local or overseas, is financially identical. He added that the admission fees and merit criteria for different private medical colleges in Pakistan were different. Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2021.


The new admission policy of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has dishearten the overseas Pakistani Medical Students. According to the overseas students, the new admission policy has disappointed them. These overseas students mostly reside in the Gulf Countries and return home to pursue higher education.

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 They also added that the commission has increased the examination fees for those holding dual nationality and other overseas students in the new policy. Many overseas Pakistanis residing in Gulf Countries express their grief as according to them, they are facing discrimination compared to local students in private medical colleges.

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 Pakistan Medical Commission’s Vice President Ali Raza said that the admission process for medical students is financially identical, whether they are local or overseas Pakistanis. He also added that the merit criteria and admission fees for private medical colleges are different from each other as they follow their own policies.

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