Overseas Pakistanis Doing A-Levels Can Kiss Their Chances Of Becoming Doctors Goodbye


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Pakistan is known to produce brilliant doctors, with the profession topping the list of brain drain. Pakistani doctors are appreciated all around the globe and are known to earn a lot of money. However, the next generation of overseas Pakistanis might not end up this lucky.


In an unprecedented twist, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) in a meeting declared that students on foreign quota WILL NOT be eligible to become doctors, which includes MBBS and BDS.

This means that Pakistani students from abroad doing their A-Levels are not eligible to become doctors in Pakistan anymore. The only way students can now become a part of the field of medicine is by doing their FSc from Pakistan after their A-Levels. This harsh new turn falls on A-Levels because the certificate affiliated with the degree is from the United Kingdom.

An official statement by the PMDC said:


“No candidate shall be eligible for foreign quota seats in public and private medical and dental institutions under sub-regulation (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.”

The newly set embargo on admissions has worried parents and students countrywide and abroad. Previously, only 7.2% of students who had applied for medical and dental institutions belonged to A-Levels, while the rest had done their FSc. This percentage, however, dropped last year to 6.7%.
Overseas Pakistani students doing their A-Levels, who had dreamed of becoming doctors, are now caught in a dilemma and most have been left heartbroken. The unprecedented ban on pursuing medicine has created a huge debate on what is right and what is wrong. The fact, although, remains that a lot of young aspirants would suffer from this newfound embargo.
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