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HEC to focus on research in Medical Sciences

ISLAMABAD (APP) - Higher Education Commission (HEC) convened a meeting on Research in Medical Sciences here to identify the issues, key areas of promotion of research in medical sciences.

Representatives of medical universities and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council attended the brainstorming session and made suggestions on the proposals received by the experts to enhance medical research in the country.

The experts said there is urgent need to realize the dearth of meaningful medical research and take steps to create an environment conducive to research.

They stressed the need for catering to the shortage of qualified staff by hiring them from abroad, under HEC Foreign Faculty Hiring Programme (FFHP) and Pakistan Organization of Collaborative Research (POCR) and to establish inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental collaborative research in the country's medical institutes and universities.

The meeting also discussed in detail the necessity to introduce continuous professional development of the professionals and clinicians while proposing establishment of a core Medical Council for promotion of research in universities.

To encourage research in the medical field it was suggested that research project should be mandatory at undergraduate level and there should be strict to research ethics.

There was a consensus that PhD degree be a requirement for the promotion of Associate Professor and Professor in Basic and Medical Universities and Institutions.

The experts agreed that video conferencing, digital library and Virtual University Programmes are the best tools to facilitate research and medical researchers and clinicians should be encouraged to benefit from these tools.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi Executive Director, Higher Education Commission and attended by Prof. Dr. Altaf Ali G. Sheikh Advisor (R&D) HEC, M. Shaukat Khan Director (R&D) HEC, Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Malik Focal Person (Medical Sciences), Dr. Tazeen H Jafar Chair, Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee, Associate Professor, Medicine & Community Health Sciences Aga Khan University, Karachi, Dr. Khadija Irfan Assistant Professor, Service Institute of Medical Sciences(SIMS).

Service Hospital Lahore, Dr. Asad Zaheer, Head Department of Planning & Development, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Dr. Munawar Alam Ansari Associate Professor & In-charge Liaquat University of Medical & health Sciences, Jamshoro, Dr. Nazeer Khan, Professor of Bio-Statistics, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Dr. Sina Aziz Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Deputy Director, Sarwar Zubari Liver Centre Dow Medical College Civil Hospital, Karachi, Prof. Syed Muhammad Awais Professor of Orthopaedic/Pro-Vice-Chancellor, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Prof. Kamran Aziz Staff President, King Edward Medical University, Lahore,Dr. Hasham Khan Assistant Professor and Head Department of Paedodontics, Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Shamim Akhtar Head Department of Periodontology, Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Aslam Professor of Physiology, Army Medical College Rawalpindi, and Muhammad Masoom Kassi Senior Lecturer in Pathology, Bolan Medical College, Quetta.
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