President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to accord top priority to the promotion of higher education in all disciplines including medical sciences.
The president, who is also the chancellor of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Islamabad, said this while chairing the first meeting of the varsity’s senate here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The president urged the university to focus on quality research in the field of medical and allied health sciences to cope with growing challenges related to health and medical sciences.
The president also emphasised the need for developing and strengthening linkages of the SZABMU with reputed international universities and health institutes to benefit from global expertise in medical sciences.
The president lauded the SZABMU management for dispatching two mobile health units along with paramedical staff and doctors to help give medical treatment to the internally displaced persons of North Waziristan.
SZABMU Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Akram gave an overview of the academic activities, research development and other achievements, ongoing and future projects and plans of the university.
The meeting nominated two deans—Prof Ashok Kumar as dean of the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Dean and Prof Anser Maxood as dean of the faculty of dentistry and allied health sciences.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2014.