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Senate body briefed on admission quota for tribal students

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (Safron) was given a briefing on Monday regarding admission quota system in medical colleges by Pakistan Medical Dental Council (PMDC) for students belonging to tribal areas, ARY News reported.

The officials of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) told the Senate body that admission process in medical colleges was completed by December.

They said the admissions couldn’t be granted as PMDC hadn’t yet received the letter from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in this regard.

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The committee chairman said seats of students from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) be doubled for the next 10 years. Secretary Saffron informed the Senate committee that seats had been increased, however, the issue rooted with government-run medical colleges and engineering council.

An official of the HEC said the seats for Fata students were increased by 86 percent, but, added that the issue of funds in medical and engineering colleges was the core problem.

Meanwhile, the committee also discussed the issue of non-payment of salaries to Levies forces. Special secretary levies told the committee that the payment was to be paid to the personnel.

Senator Aurangzeb Khan sought details of non-payment of salaries to levies forces. He said the issues would be discussed with the home secretary for its early resolution.

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