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NA standing committee directs health ministry to reduce MDCAT passing marks to 50pc

ISLAMABAD-National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Thursday directed the ministry to reduce the passing marks of MDCAT from 60% to 50%.

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2021-22. The Ministry proposed Rs. 145511.8 Million allocations for on-going and new projects.

The Committee endorsed/ approved all the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to PSDP for the next Financial Year 2021-22.

On reservations of the Standing Committee regarding flaw and discrepancy in MDCAT Test results, the PMC was directed furnishing contact details of subject specialists of all provinces who were called in the meeting to finalise the syllabus for MDCAT Test 2020-21 along with approved minutes of the meeting for validation and confirmation.

The Committee will visit to PMC on 26th February, 2021 for manual rechecking of the papers of the complainants (students). The Committee further recommended/ directed the ministry to reduce the passing marks of MDCAT Test from 60% to 50%.

The Standing Committee deferred the agenda items “The Federal Medical Teaching Institutes Bill, 2020 (Ord No. XII of 2020)” and “The National Institute of Health (Re-Organization) Bill 2020” till its next meeting.

MNAs Dr. Haider Ali, Mr. Jai Parkash, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Professor Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, and Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi attended the meeting.

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