Pakistani students now need a PMDC NOC for studying medicine abroad

Beginning with the upcoming 2024 session, Pakistani students aspiring to study medicine and dentistry abroad will now be required to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). This new prerequisite is designed to address concerns regarding students enrolling in foreign colleges and universities that may lack recognition in their respective countries.

Officials from the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHS, R&C) have indicated that further measures are being considered to ensure Pakistani students pursue their medical and dental education exclusively at recognized institutions overseas. The PMDC Council has already made it mandatory for all Pakistani students intending to study medicine abroad to obtain the NOC, effective immediately.

Apart from China, which remains the top destination, Pakistani students also opt for Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, and Eastern European nations like Romania for their medical studies.

It is estimated that around 3,000 Pakistani students depart the country annually to pursue medical and dental education abroad. The initiative aims to uphold standards and safeguard students from enrolling in lower-quality educational institutions.

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