The policy for admissions in government medical and dental colleges has been changed; additional marks will not be given to Hafiz-e-Quran. According to the details, the policy for admissions in government medical and dental colleges in Punjab has been revised, and additional marks will not be awarded to Hafiz-e-Quran candidates. The Punjab government has removed the additional marks for Hafiz-e-Quran candidates for admissions; now Hafiz-e-Quran students will not be given additional marks.

According to the Punjab Health Department, the decision had been taken by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) as per the instructions. PMDC issued these instructions after the decision of the 6-member bench of the Supreme Court. The implementation of the new policy regarding Hafiz-e-Quran will be effective for the upcoming admissions next year. It should be noted that previously, Hafiz-e-Quran was awarded an additional 20 marks. Hafiz-e-Quran used to be included in the intermediate marks with 20 additional marks.

The news was met with different reactions on social media, some people applauded the decision alluding that people memorize the Quran for their own benefit, hence it is only fair that they are not awarded any worldly benefit for that, others argued that it is a need for an Islamic society to have a good number of Huffaz, to run mosques and to perform other religious duties, hence anyone who commits himself to memorize Quran, he is performing a communal duty and hence his services should be compensated just like we compensate our athletes and others who perform in extra-curricular activities.

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