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Sindh mulls lowering MDCAT passing marks amid public outcry against PMC

02:11 PM | 3 Oct, 2021
Sindh mulls lowering MDCAT passing marks amid public outcry against PMC

KARACHI – Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho said officials are considering to lower the passing percentage of the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) to fill seats in institutions.

Pechuho, accompanied by Saeed Ghani and Nasir Hussain Shah, raised her concerns over the test held by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) citing that students across Pakistan are protesting against the haphazard examination system.

We have received numerous complaints as the test is marred by indiscretions, she said while adding that the papers had several questions from the curriculum of the federal board, among other issues.

She further added that the syllabus in Sindh was also different from Punjab while students from Sindh are being deliberately ignored. Dr. Azra said she already conveyed its reservations to the federal government, but received no constructive reply.

Adding further details, she said we are left with two options; the first is to conduct our own medical tests or else to lower the percentage of seats in Sindh.

She also mentioned that If we give admission to students from other provinces, we will deprive our students of getting medical education, adding that students from other provinces will return to their home towns after getting the medical degrees.

Provinces had the right to legislate on medical admission tests under the 18th Amendment, she said. She went on to comment that the Pakistan Medical Commission had lost all its utility when it failed to understand the problems of the concerned students.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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