KL News Network
In a new twist to the tense relationship between India and Pakistan, Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided against recognising the medical degree that Kashmiri students acquire from three degree colleges in Pakistani administered Kashmir (PAK), Chennai based newspaper the Hindu reported.
The decision has impacted 30 Kashmiri students. The newspaper has quoted a student saying he was disallowed to write an MCI examination.
This has led to unrest among 50 students currently pursuing their medical degrees in PaK that has a college each in Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Rawlakote. These colleges have six percent reservation for Kashmiris.
“For years now, about 20 students are sent to medical colleges in Pakistan annually on the recommendation of separatist leaders and relatives of divided families in the Kashmir Valley,” the newspaper reported. “The children of slain militant commanders are also offered seats in Pakistani medical colleges.” The newspaper said that these students are being nominated by Hurriyat.
In 2016, the newspaper said, authorities in Muzaffarabad have shifted 18 students to medical colleges in Karachi and Punjab. MCI does recognise the degrees from Punjab, unlike PaK.