The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued a notice to the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) on the announcement of the date of the Medical and Dental Admission Test (MDCAT) 2020. Petitioner Jibran Nasir argued that the test date is announced without announcing the syllabus. The petitioner termed this act of PMC as contempt of court.
PMC announced the new date for MDCAT 2020 on Wednesday. According to PMC notification, the test shall be held on November 29, 2020. SHC in its early verdict ordered PMC to formulate the academic board and announce the syllabus approved by the academic board. According to the court ruling, the Board will have "the powers to formulate the examination structure and standards for the MDCAT for approval of the Council".
The SHC bench approved the application of Jibran Nasir and issued a notice to PMC seeking a response in November 24 hearing.
The SHC also criticized a notification issued October 23, 2020, by the PMC regarding the syllabus, in which it said candidates would have the option to mark any questions they believed were out of the syllabus. The question will be marked in an objection form to be provided at the examination center.
"This is quite a unique idea that every applicant will be provided objection form at the time of entering into the examination hall, so first he should be obliged to do audit exercise as to how many questions are out of his syllabus. Much time of the candidate would be lapsed and consumed to go through the entire question paper as an examiner and then filling the objection forms".