Srinagar: Medical Council of India (MCI) has refused to recognise the MBBS degrees acquired from medical colleges located in the Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), reports said on Sunday.
Quoting a student ‘The Hindu’ reported that that he had enrolled at the ‘Azad Jammu Kashmir Medical College’ in 2012. After completing his degree, he applied to the MCI for degree validation and entry examination but he was disallowed to write the examination.
The student, according to the reports was informed by MCI officials that only MBBS degrees from Pakistan, but not PaK, were recognised.
There are three medical colleges in PaK —‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir Medical College’ in Muzaffarabad; ‘Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College’ in Mirpur; and Poonch Medical College in Rawalakot. All were set up after 2011.
For years now, about 20 students are sent to medical colleges in Pakistan annually on the recommendation of separatist leaders and relatives of divided families in the Kashmir Valley. The children of slain militants are also offered seats in Pakistani medical colleges.
The PaK-based medical colleges, which are affiliated to both the ‘University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’, and the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, have reserved 6% seats for students on this side of the Line of Control (LoC). Over 50 students from J&K are pursuing medicine in PaK currently.