DUHS established record 55 deptts in 10 years: Prof

Karachi: Pro-Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Prof Dr Umer Farooq on Tuesday revealed that about one dozen new projects of Dow University would start soon to make the varsity a leading educational institute in medical education in Pakistan.

He told PPI here that DUHS had established 55 different departments in past 10 years and set a record in field of medical education. He informed that university was established in 2004 and completed successful 10 years in promotion of medical education in the country.

He said Dow University had become a leading institution in the country in ten years time and credit of it should go to the vision and untiring efforts of DUHS VC and his hardworking team.

He informed that new upcoming projects of Dow University are institute of mental health, institute of neuro sciences, telemedicine center, trauma and emergency center, mother and childcare center, department of cardiology and cardiac surgery and new block for MDR TB patients.

He said beside these projects, additional postgraduate program would be started soon that include PhD in all basic sciences, PhD in pharmaceutical sciences in four disciplines, PhD in dental sciences both in the clinical and basic sciences disciplines, PhD in public health and PhD in clinical sciences (indigenous Program).

He informed that number of undergraduate students in 2004 were 2795 and now this number has reached 7200, similarly number of postgraduate students in 2004 were 114 and now this number has touched 1120 in just 10 years. He further informed that there were 685 numbers of teaching faculty and staff, but now the number has crossed 2500 in DUHS.

He said DUHS established Central Animal House to meet the requirements of researchers of MPhill & PhD and undergraduate students of Pharm-D, besides its usage of clinical trial and production of preventive vaccines. He said Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Blood Diseases (DIEKIBD) was established in 2012 to promote Haematology & related health care management, research and diagnostics in the country.

He said Pakistan is a developing country having prevalence of certain indigenous health issues since its inception. He said according surveys about 15 percent population is suffering from hearing impairment. He said Cochlear Implant Center had also been established in DUHS to cater to the need of majority of these cases.

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