Govt to give top priority to higher education: president

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday reaffirmed commitment of the government to accord top priority to the promotion of higher education in all disciplines including medical sciences.The president said this while chairing a meeting, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The president called upon the universities to focus on bringing out the latest and quality research in the field of medical and allied health sciences so as to cope with growing challenges in health and medicine sectors. He urged the university’s management to particularly focus on the evaluation of the performance of various departments as per international standards. The president also emphasised the need for developing and strengthening the linkages of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZAMBU) with the reputed international universities and health institutes to benefit from the global expertise in medical sciences.The meeting was apprised about the visit of the medical team of SZABMU, PIMS, and Polyclinic to the internally displaced persons’ camps in Bannu and providing them with health services. Mamnoon appreciated the initiative of the SZABMU to dispatch two mobile health units along with paramedical staff and doctors for the IDPs of North Waziristan. He asked them to also vaccinate the children at the camps with the anti-polio vaccine. SZABMU Vice Chancellor Javed Akram gave an overview of the academic activities, research development, and other achievements, ongoing and future projects and plans of the university.As per agenda, the first senate meeting considered various names to nominate to the syndicate of the university and after thorough deliberations appointed with consensus, two deans, namely Ashok Kumar, who is also a member of the Senate and faculty of Dentistry’s Dean Anser Maxood, who is also a member of the Senate. The meeting also appointed with consensus M Iqbal Memon, who is the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and member of Senate, as the member for the Finance and Planning Committee of the university.Under sub-section (C) of Section 22 of the university act, the senate of the university is authorised to appoint or nominate the members to the syndicate and other authorities of the university. The senate members of the university thanked the president for chairing the meeting and assured that the university would continue to work for promoting quality research and achieving excellence in the field of medical and allied health sciences. The president assured all-out support and patronage to the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University in its educational pursuits and plans, and the promotion of health education in the country.The university’s senate members present during the meeting included Senator Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Tariq Fazal Chudhary, MNA, Asghar Ch, Acting Secretary CA&DD, Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor SZABMU, M Amjad Chaudhry, Registrar SZABMU, Tanwir Khalique, Controller of Examinations, SZABMU, Altaf Hussain, PIMS Administrator, Muhammad Tariq, Chairman Department of Burns Surgery, Shahid Nawaz Malik, Chairman Department of Cardiology, Ikram Ullah Khan, Chairman Department of Dermatology, Zahoor Ahmed, Chairman Department of Oral Surgery, Ghiasuddin Butt, Chairman Department of Nephrology, Iqtida Haider, Chairman Department of Neonatology, Qasim Mahmood, Chairman Department of Oncology, and Imran Sikandar Khan Chairman Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Usman Ibrahim, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development. 

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