JPMC to merge with Sindh Medical College

Published: December 29, 2010
Jinnah hospital protests, wants separate status as university .

Jinnah hospital protests, wants separate status as university .

KARACHI: The federal government has decided to merge the Sindh Medical College (SMC) and the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and grant them the status of a university but Jinnah hospital’s management is less than happy with the proposal.

Expressing their reservations, JPMC said that the hospital should be granted the status of a university separately under the federal government.

The decision to form the Sindh Medical University was made by President Asif Ali Zardari. A meeting was held on Monday to discuss the proposal. The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Secretary, Sindh Health Secretary, vice chancellors of Dow University and LUMHS University, the JPMC executive director, federal additional secretary and others.

Participants were told that the president had decided to separate Sindh Medical College from Dow and form an independent Sindh Medical University.

JPMC should not be merged with SMU, the hospital’s management said at the meeting. “The hospital is named after Baba-e-Qaum and is the oldest hospital under the federal government,” they added.

This is not the first attempt to elevate SMC. However, this time around the government wants to merge JPMC and create a united SMU.

SMC was established in 1973 and a few years after Dow University was set up, SMC was handed over to the latter.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2010.

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  • Dec 30, 2010 - 4:08PM

    THIS should not b done as SMC is a part of DUHS ! hw can thy separate it ! SMU will have simply NO value ! everythng matters for DUHS degree !!! & v were gvn admision in SMC at da name of DUHS DEGREEE !!! so i opposed da decision of our president sahab !!!!! huh :@Recommend

  • ahzam arif
    Dec 31, 2010 - 1:40AM

    We the students of SMC are going to protest on saturday against JPMC on this ruthless decision taken by the President and if this decision has already been taken by officials then we are going to file a case against DUHS because we were enrolled in SMC just because of DUHS name sake and now we going to challenge this in the court.Recommend

  • ahmad
    Dec 31, 2010 - 11:22PM

    every one iz gone mad…..all curent studnts will b given degree of DUHS…..remember the time when DUHS was established???jst new year was given under DUHS remaining all yearz were under Karachi university….

    all over pakistan students use to protest to mak their kolg a uni bt v smcienz…..going to chalange this decission….very badRecommend

  • Abdul Rehman Iqbal
    Jan 2, 2011 - 8:41PM

    There are NEWS that JPMC denied SMU proposal of SMC Alumni..

    No one knows what is going to be future of JPMC and SMC. Whether they merge and form SMU with JPMC as constituent hospital or SMC remain with DUHS and JPMC succeed in its demand of its own university, SMCians don’t care.

    We just want assurance of following things:

    1) Provided the students do well in studies, MBBS takes only 5 years to complete (In past it used to take more than 5 yeas due to political insurgency and clashes).
    2) We are provided the facility of hospital for clinical practice (currently SMC uses JPMC for clinical practice, but it do not have hospital of its own, unlike other medical colleges of country).
    3) At the end of MBBS we are given a degree recognized by PMDC.Recommend

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