KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday barred Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) from issuing final order in proceeding, if any, initiated in pursuance of its de-recognition notice issued to Jinnah Sindh Medical University over shortage of faculty.
A division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar also issued notice to the PMDC and provincial health secretary to submit their respective replies to the petition by January 14.
The bench had taken up a petition filed by Jinnah Sindh Medical University through its registrar Mohammad Irfan Ashraf, who pleaded the court to declare as illegal the notice issued to the university, warning it of de-recognition. The court was also requested to restrain PMDC from taking any coercive action against the university.
Counsel for the petitioner submitted that in order to enhance practical and technical knowledge of its students, the university was attached with Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).
After the passage of 18th constitutional amendment, the JPMC, NICH and NICVD were devolved to the province but their employees went to the court against its devolution and got a stay order against it, he said, adding since their petitions were pending disposal in the court and stay order was still in the field for more than two years, the university administration was unable to exert its authority in its affiliated hospitals.
The counsel told the judges that there has been dearth of teaching staff but the university administration was unable to appoint, transfer or dismiss any employee in the hospitals.
He said PMDC, which was party in the proceedings and well aware of devolution issue, issued notice to the petitioner to the detriment of the students and threatened to de-recognize it over the dearth of the teaching staff.
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