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UHS to launch 16 new BSc courses in health sciences

LAHORE, Nov 20, 2007: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) in collaboration with the Punjab government, is launching 16 new BSc courses in allied health sciences in 18 affiliated health institutions and medical colleges of the province by year end.

The courses include, BSc in Medical Imaging Technology, Medical Lab Technology, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Emergency and Intensive Care, Dental Technology, Cardiac Perfusion, Biomedical Engineering, Speech and Language Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Occupation Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Nutrition, Audiology, Operation Theatre Assistant, and Ophthalmic Medicine. UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar chaired a meeting of the faculty in this regard on Monday. He said that the programme was of great importance as it would help overcome the paucity of trained manpower and improve the quality of healthcare in the province. He said Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool had shown keen interest in these new BSc programmes and had asked the university to facilitate its affiliated colleges in launching these courses immediately. UHS VC asked the principals to nominate a focal person in their respective colleges to start four-year BSc courses.

Prof Mubbashar said that education in allied health sciences was very important as it provided qualified manpower for essential functions of laboratory diagnosis, radio-diagnosis, rehabilitation of patients, and use of advanced technologies such as nanotechnology, laser technology and biotechnology. The UHS had taken the initiative to fulfil the growing demand of medics in the country, he added. Prof Mubbashar said that core mission of the university was to produce more and more MPhil and PhD scholars in basic medical sciences. He told the faculty that each student of the university would be evaluated by at least one foreign examiner. He called on the faculty to identify talent in affiliated institutes for research as UHS had allocated 19 full scholarships for higher education in reputed international universities. It was also decided that professional audit of teachers and teaching would be started at every medical college to improve medical education in the country.

Postgraduate students seek exams postponement
LAHORE: Postgraduate students of MPH, MHM, MMCH, and M Phil Community Medicine of Institute of Public Health, Lahore, have urged the chancellor/ Punjab governor to intervene to help reschedule their examinations, scheduled to be held from December 21 under very special circumstances by the University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

While explaining the reasons for demanding postponement of their examinations through an open letter to Chancellor/Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool on Monday, students said that they would be availing a shorter academic session as their postgraduate courses had started from January 31, 2007 and that the research dissertation, district, report writing and teaching hospital attachment reports were still incomplete, which were prerequisites for the said examinations.

Students in the letter said the University of Health Sciences has failed to decide the nature of their papers, whether they will be Long Essay Questions (LEQs) or Short Essay Questions (SEQs). Furthermore, the UHS has imposed a decision to eliminate one question choice with 60 per cent passing marks.

The Eid-ul-Azha is falling between December 21 and 23 and the general elections were scheduled to be held in the first week of January, 2008.

In view of the above-mentioned facts, the postgraduate students said that it was obvious that they were passing through a very confusing state of affairs, where UHS was neglecting their examinations. They requested the chancellor to direct the UHS vice chancellor to hold a meeting of Higher Education Board of Studies to postpone examinations scheduled to be held from December 21. They have demanded resolve the issue of selection of question format and fix 50 per cent as the pass marks.

When contacted for a version, the UHS spokesman said the UHS Examination Department had prepared the date sheet for the MPH, MHM, MMCH, and M Phil Community Medicine examinations in accordance with the schedule provided by the administration of Institute of Public Health, Lahore. He said how was the university able to know and address students' problems when neither the IPH administration nor postgraduate students had made any formal request. The News

Your Comments

"AoA respetected sir i thing its great any institute in pakistan think about future of paramadics in pakistan. i want bsc in operation theater assistent sir can u tell wich intitute have? sir m waiting ur anewer email"
Name: faisal imran
City, Country: rawalpindi, Pakistan

"i have passed diploma in medical imaging technology and also have fsc certificate of fedral board in medical technology now i want to take admission in medical imaging technology.any information about the admission please send me."
City, Country: rawalpindi, Pakistan

"Dispensers are the backbone of Health Department but they are not enlisted in their related B.Sc (Pharmacy Tech.). It is not only serious issue it is great injustice with those stuedents which are qualified pharmacy Technition.hope uhs will start B.Sc (Pharmacy Tech.)class as soon as posible."
Name: shakil ahmad Naeem
City, Country: Faisalabad, pakistan

"AOA it is so nice in the favour of health fascilitators that these courses have been started in punjab. R/Sir i m a male nurse. i have done specialization in intensive care nursing and now i mant to seek admission in cardic perfusionist course. i m also the employ of KPK govt, so help me and inform me about the procedurer. thanx"
Name: nasrullah
City, Country: peshawar pakistan

"aoa i have a diploma of operation theatr technicion don for PIMS ISLAMABAD. so i want to more study in cardic perfusionist plz help me"
Name: ghazanfar abbas
City, Country: rawalpinde

"sir,kindly guide me that what will be the requirment for bcs honoure biotechnology and guide me in detail in tjis respect.i will be highly obliged"
Name: zuhaib
City, Country: lahore,pakistan

"sir i have pased DHMS and Fsc Family and comunty health from AIOU next i want to carry on my study in which sub. i can do bsc"
Name: tasawar Hussain
City, Country: sargodha


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