45 nursing schools to be upgraded, says secretary

Govt asks KEMU, UHS to add 50 seats each to their masters in nursing degree programme


Our Correspondent April 09, 2016
Govt asks KEMU, UHS to add 50 seats each to their masters in nursing degree programme. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Specialized Healthcare Secretary Najam Ahmad Shah said on Saturday that the provincial government was taking revolutionary steps to raise the standards of nursing education. In this regard, he said, the government had decided to start a bachelor’s of science (BSc) degree in nursing across the province. He said the government would soon upgrade 45 nursing schools to degree colleges.

He was speaking at a meeting to review arrangements for the upgrade of nursing schools. The meeting decided that in the first phase 16 schools would be upgraded to degree college level. It stressed that all 45 nursing schools should be upgraded without delay.

The secretary also directed the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and the University of Health Sciences (UHS) administrators present on the occasion to immediately add 50 seats each in their masters of sciences (MSc) in nursing degree programmes to increase the pool of nursing teachings in the province. He asked the two universities to avail the services of highly qualified nursing teachers from countries like Sri Lanka and Philippine for the degree programme. He said arrangements should be made to advertise these positions in international newspapers.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Faisal Masood, UHS Pro-Vice Chancellor Junaid Sarfraz Khan, TRF Consultant Ehsan Tareen, Nursing DG Nusrat Saeeda, Development Addl Secretary Zaheer Abbas Malik, Technology Addl Secretary Salman Shahid, Medical Education Deputy Secretary Nasir Shakir and Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti attended the meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2016.

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