JPMC produced 20 PhDs in 46 years
KARACHI, May 16(Dawn): The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, one of the
oldest medical teaching and research institutes of the country, has produced 20
PhD and about 642 MPhil graduates in basic medical sciences in 46
Had the centre been provided with more resources and research
supervisors and allowed to increase its research programmes, it would have added
more graduates to the corps of PhDs and MPhil who are working as specialists and
researchers in the public and private sector establishments in the country, said
a senior professor.
The JPMC is affiliated with the University of Karachi
for PhD and MPhil programmes.
Among the 642 MPhil degree recipients
during the last four decades, 137 were women.
The highest number of MPhil
students (i.e. 132) did their dissertation in the subject of pathology, followed
by 119 in microbiology, 115 in biochemistry, 97 in anatomy, 94 in pharmacology
and 85 in physiology.
A maximum of 22 MPhil graduates passed each year in
1963, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Ten graduates did PhD in biochemistry, six in
pathology, three in microbiology and one in anatomy.
A senior faculty
member said the policy on research students' admission, which came into effect
35 to 40 years back, needed to be reviewed in order to facilitate more research
students coming from various parts of the country.
Tracing the history of
MPhil and PhD programmes at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Prof Khemomal
Karira, head of biochemistry department, said higher medical education at the
JPMC was started with the establishment of Basic Medical Sciences Institute in
This was the first institute of its kind in the government sector
in the country where teachers from medical colleges received advanced training
in their specialities leading to MPhil and PhD degrees, he added.