The Pakistan Medical Commission PMC has announced a rebate for medical and dental students in the registration fee for the National Licensing Examination NLE.
The development came as a result of a meeting in which medical students discussed the NLE with PMC President Dr Arshad Taqi and senior PMC council members. At the special request of the President of PAMC, SAPM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the students agreed with the concept of NLE and acknowledged that such an examination is necessary to bring the quality of the country’s healthcare services up to international standards.
However, the students told the PMC Council that their only problem with the NLE was that it was mandatory for all of them.
In response, Dr. Arshad clarified that the PMC does not have the authority to exempt anyone from the NLE. Any medical student who has graduated since September 2020 is now required by law to qualify for an NLE in order to be fully licensed. Moreover, a recent decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has also approved the PMC’s scheme.
The students then argued that if they failed to pass the NLE in the first attempt, they would not only lose six months but also lose money.
In response, the PMC Council decided to give a 100% discount to the first batch of students registered for the first NLE set to be held later this month. The PMC allowed the failed students of the August 2021 session to re-appear in the next NLE by paying only 25% of the registration fee.
Students registering for the NLE December 2021 session will also be given a 100% discount and students who fail this period will be charged 25% of the registration fee to retake the NLE.
Those who register for the NLE June 2022 session will be given a 50% discount and students who fail this term will be charged only 50% of the registration fee for re-appearing in the NLE.
The PMC Council also clarified that the NLE would be held four times a year. June, September, December and March to facilitate students who may take the exam during or after their homework.