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Sindh Govt Considers a 50% Hike in Medical College Fees

In a recent development, medical colleges and universities in Sindh are contemplating a substantial increase of up to 50% in student fees for the upcoming academic session. The proposal surfaced during a meeting chaired by the Caretaker Health Minister, Dr. Saad Niaz, on Tuesday.

Representatives from various medical institutions presented the request for a 50% hike in both admission and academic session fees, citing the impact of inflation. The Caretaker Minister carefully considered their proposition and directed the relevant officials to draft a summary for submission to the provincial cabinet for approval.

Apart from the fee hike discussion, the meeting also addressed preparations for the upcoming Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT). In a bid to maintain the integrity of the examination process, strict measures were decided upon for students caught cheating during the test.

The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) will be engaged in addressing this issue, and a recommendation for a one-year ban on students involved in cheating will be proposed. Additionally, representatives of medical institutions were given a one-week timeframe to submit a draft of the admission prospectus.

This move by the Sindh government has sparked controversy and raised concerns among students and their families. The potential fee increase, if approved, could have significant implications for aspiring medical professionals in the region. As discussions progress, it remains to be seen how this proposal will be received by the provincial cabinet and the broader community. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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