In the lieu of mainstream news’ hype, we sometimes end up ignoring the important issues that surround us – such as the issue of the Dental College of Dow University of Health and Science’s students.
Each year, hundreds of students graduate, after paying money that is far beyond the reach of the average family of Pakistan (650,000 PKR per year), yet they do not receive their licence from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which allows them to practise their skills. Why are the youth of this country, the future of this country, being cheated?
DOW University is one of the most well-known medical universities in Karachi, as well as one of the most competitive, but what are the students getting out of it in the end, a piece of paper that won’t matter without a practising right? Students are being cheated, as well as our nation, as we are deprived of such a talent.
The prestigious university started off with a single institute for learning dentistry, Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences. But by the year 2011, the university inaugurated two more institutes for dentistry, Dow Dental College and Dow International Dental College. The former college however has still not been enrolled under PMDCs recognition. Students, however are enrolled each year, lured in by the false promises of a bright future that comes in with being a DOW Graduate, don’t even know that their institute isn’t even registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to provide them with a licence to practice at the end. Money is being taken, but their final goals are not being achieved, no matter how hard they work – where is the JUSTICE for the youth, and their families?
Now, PMDC is at verge of blocking the registrations of the other two colleges as well. The reasons are many, but relate mostly due to the inexplicable growth of the university and lack of recognized faculty. But what about the graduates who were cheated? They still aren’t registered, even after working hard for it, and paying for the best education that was possible for them; What about their justice? How come we don’t see the mainstream news picking this up? How come we don’t see any response from Governor Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Murad Ali Khan, or the Mayor of Karachi Waseem Akhtar? Let me remind you that your country’s PRESIDENT is a Dentist. Why are we not raising this issue higher, when it not only plays with the future of those poor students but also our futures?
The students of the university are trying to raise their voices and project the matter to the authorities through social media
This issue not only stands as an issue for DOW students and graduates, but also stands as one for us, the general public. Why? Because they are unable to do their jobs BECAUSE of a fraud concocted by an institute for YEARS is affecting our economy. I feel that a precedent should be set against such actions, as we cannot allow ourselves to be played, just so an institute can steal away our hard earned money. After all, we are talking about the institute that every student in the nation dreams of.
I am Romesa Razzaq, and I demand not only as a citizen of Karachi, but as part of the YOUTH this country is training and educating, that my fellow Pakistanis get their rights. This is the TABDEELI we need, where we get our right of education, without being a victim of fraud.