KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has established its first medical college in Karachi by the name of Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College Karachi.
The medical college will announce admissions for their first batch of MBBS on January 1, after which the admission process will start. The first batch of the newly-established medical institution will offer 100 seats and the admissions will be given under the central admission policy of Pakistan Medical Council.
The principal of Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College, Prof Masood Ahmed, told The Express Tribune that the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) had issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) after inspecting facilities at the institution.
According to Prof Ahmed, PAF had decided to open the medical college keeping in view the severe shortage of doctors in the country. At present, there are 172,000 doctors registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), while the country’s population has alarmingly surpassed 220 million. “Pakistan lacks greatly in the number of doctors as compared to its population, which is why we are seeing an acute shortage of doctors in the country,” he said.
The institute, which is located at the PAF Museum at Faisal Base, Sharae Faisal, is being constructed in line with modern requirements, claimed the principal. The medical college is affiliated with Air University Islamabad, which is administered by PAF and will serve as the degree-awarding body for MBBS graduates. Moreover, a 500-bed hospital of the PAF will serve as the teaching hospital for students of the medical college, where they will receive their professional and clinical training.
“The medical college also has hostel facilities for the students, while the library of the college has been linked to the Higher Education Commission (HEC),” stated Prof Ahmed. “The college curriculum has been developed keeping in view the modern standards and educational needs pertaining to health and medicine.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2019.