According to the new regulation of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) students of A levels will not be eligible to take admission for MBBS & BDS programmes on foreign quota, this applies to both public and private universities.
After this regulation was reported on print and social media many students of A levels and their parents become worried because of confusion. They thought that A level students have been deprived from taking admission in MBBS & BDS while the reality was that PMDC only fixed a loophole in the system.
Previously many A-levels students used foreign quota to get admission in MBBS & BDS while in reality they were not foreign students. To stop this misuse of quota PMDC passed a new regulation restricting foreign quota.
“No candidate shall be eligible for foreign quota seats in public and private medical and dental institutions under sub-regulations (1) and (2) unless he/she holds a permanent foreign nationality or dual nationality or overseas Pakistani students and who have physically studied and passed secondary certificate (SSC) and HSSC passing 12th grade examination or equivalent from outside Pakistan during his/her stay abroad and having a certificate from the institution last attended to this effect.”
Now A levels student (like HEC students) will only be eligible to apply for the quota of local students. Foreign quota is reserved for only those candidates who are foreign nationals, have dual nationality or have passed 12th grade examination or equivalent outside Pakistan.