Sindh Medical College gets university status
* Marri says JPMC to be faculty hospital of college
By Asad Farooq
KARACHI: Sindh government on Friday granted the status of university to the Sindh Medical College (SMC) at a graceful ceremony at the Bilawal House. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad signed the ordinance in the presence of President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in this regard.
Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri told media that Sindh Medical College was recently a campus of Dow University of Health Sciences. She further said that an acute desire was prevalent among the relevant circles for upgrading the college to a university. She announced that the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) would be its faculty hospital.Sindh Medical College was established on April 7th, 1973 at Karachi in the building of an army barrack, constructed in 1865, and the then working as the building of JPMC Pediatric ward. Dr. Khawaja Moin Ahmed was its first principal.
A hostel near the NICH was also the part of the college. Newly appointed vice chancellor of the university and renowned ENT specialist and JPMC ENT head of the department, Tariq Rafi said while to Daily Times that now admission, registration, examination processes would be performed independently. He vowed to establish new departments and facilities.To a question, he said that initially the current building of the college would be utilised but gradually premises and facilities would be enhanced. He further said that political activities wouldn’t be tolerated and discipline would not be compromised at any cost. NNI adds: President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House witnessed the signing ceremony of an Ordinance to upgrade Sindh Medical College (SMC) to the level of Sindh Medical University (SMU).
SMC becomes the third medical university in Karachi to cater to the increasing educational requirement of the metropolis and Sindh province in particular and the country in general. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed were also present.
Spokesperson to President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that on Thursday, while interacting with the MPs belonging to Sindh Assembly, the President had directed Chief Minister Sindh to set up a Medical University at the site of the proposed Benazir hospital in Keamari.