LAHORE - Private medical colleges in the province are giving admission to the students after getting hefty amounts in the name of donations and the management of the colleges have assured the students to declare their admission list at the time fixed by the University of Health Sciences (UHS), sources in Health Department said on Sunday. It is worth mentioning here that UHS management has announced in a press conference that admissions in all the Public and Private Medical Colleges will be made through UHS, an office-bearer of Young Doctor Association said while talking to this scribe. Sources in PMDC claimed that Private Medical Colleges were receiving Rs 15 to 20 lacs from the parents of the students seeking admission. Since there was uncertainty among the students about their admission in the Public Medical Colleges and they were ready to pay any amount to the private medical colleges to ensure their admission. It is worth mentioning here that UHS has stopped private medical colleges to make admissions before completion of admission process in the public medical colleges. The UHS management had said that there would be centralised admission system, said an office-bearer of Pakistan Medical Association. He said that owners of private medical colleges had started doing business in the name of imparting medical education. He said that these medical colleges do not meet the criteria for admission set by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). He said that there was shortage of human resource and teachers even in the public medical colleges because of brain-drain. No private medical college posses 500 bedded hospital affiliated with it, which is mandatory to run a medical college announced by the PMDC. Proper hostel accommodation for the boarders and other facilities are also not available in these medical colleges as compared to the government medical colleges. A doctor said that government medical colleges receive Rs 18,000 per year as fees per student while private medical colleges get Rs 0.5 million from a student for the same period. YDA and PMA unanimously demanded that private medical colleges should be bounded to charge Rs 1.5 lac from the student for one year as fees. When contacted a senior officer of PMDC said, we have warned private medical colleges to follow the rules set by the PMDC, otherwise strict action will be taken against them. He said that government colleges received Rs 18,000 per year as fee from the student and government itself spent about Rs 0.7 million on a student per year. That is the reason that PMDC has authorised private medical colleges to receive Rs 0.5 million per year while private colleges owners were seeking permission to charge rupees one million from a student per year as fees.