The Provincial Minister for Higher Education and Law Justice (Rtd) Irshad Qaiser has said that Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar has brought together all the health sectors under one umbrella for medical education and research, the results of this experience have come out in the form of a clear and revolutionary change in the health system. She has expressed these views while addressing the performance and review meeting of the heads of various departments and institutions and the joint ceremony of distribution of Scottish scholarship as a chief guest at KMU. On this occasion, Secretary HED Muhammad Daud Khan and Peshawar University vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Idris, vice-chancellor KMU Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq, Registrar Prof. Dr. Saleem Gandapur, deans of various faculties, heads and administrative officers were also present.
Justice (Retd) Irshad Qaiser said that she was extremely happy to know that KMU had made such tremendous vertical growth in a short span of fifteen years. She said that medicine is a sacred and service-based profession and the students coming in this field are called the cream of society, so guiding them in the right direction and providing them with the best education is our core priority. She said that medicine is a comprehensive field and its various disciplines have a key role in the healthcare system. She said that doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and paramedics are the main pillars of the health system together play a role as an efficient and active team in the service of suffering humanity. She called KMU's performance proud and assured that the provincial government will provide all possible support in implementing the future plans of the university.
Addressing the ceremony, Secretary HED Muhammad Daud Khan said that all the allied health sciences are the backbone of the health system and their uplifting is the need of the hour. He said that the comprehensive model adopted by KMU for the development of all health sectors is showing encouraging results. He said that KMU should not only make future health-related challenges a part of its vision and planning but should also take practical steps in this regard on a priority basis.
Earlier, Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq, while presenting the performance report of the university, said that KMU has 26 medical and dental colleges of the public and private sector and 200 nursing and allied health sciences affiliated educational institutions, in which a total of about 50,000 students are studying. He said that education and training up to Bachelor, MS, MPhil, and Ph۔D levels are being given in the university in 35 different fields. He said that after ten years of continuous hard work, the university has changed the fifty-year-old MBBS curriculum and introduced a modern modular-integrated curriculum through which our students can meet the standards and guidelines of the World Federation of Medical Education and the World Health Organization.
The IHPE director Dr. Brekhna Jamil, coordinator of admission Prof. Dr. Jawad Ahmad, director of PHRL Dr. Yasir Mehmood Yousafzai and the director of ORIC Dr. Zohaib Khan also presented the performance report of their respective departments. At the end the chief guest and secretary of HED also distributed scholarship cheques amongst students from various institutions under the Scottish Scholarship Program