HEC IPE Review panel appreciates the academic & physical infrastructure of NUMS


 HEC IPE Review panel appreciates the 
academic & physical infrastructure of NUMS

RAWALPINDI: The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) conducted its first ever three day Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) Review visit of National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi from 14th–16th March 2018 based on the IPE 11 Standards elucidated in the NUMS University Portfolio Report (UPR). NUMS Quality Assurance Directorate and its Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) were the main organizers and custodian of this exercise representing NUMS and its Secretariat and various entities. The HEC Review Panel comprised of Professor Dr. Inayatullah Babar, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Peshawar (Team Lead); Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, Ex-DG A&A HEC; Professor Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, Professor of Pharmacology, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Islamabad; Dr. Saeed ul Hasan Chishti, Director QEC International Islamic University Islamabad and Mr. Agha Muhammad Raza, Deputy Director Quality Assurance Agency HEC.

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) conducted its first ever
three day Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) Review visit of National University of Medical
Sciences (NUMS) recently. Group photograph taken on the occasion shows the visiting HEC Team
with Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor of NUMS Lt.Gen. S. Imran Majeed,
Maj.Gen. Prof. M.Aslam and other senior faculty members.

As per HEC format the Review Panel started their first day proceedings with an introductory meeting with the Vice Chancellor NUMS Lt. Gen. Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed HI(M) who briefly apprised them about NUMS scope of work and its Vision and Mission. This was followed by a detailed briefing and presentation by the Director QA/QEC NUMS Ms. Noor Amna Malik about NUMS’ Vision and Mission Statement, core values, ongoing and future projects highlighting the role of Quality Assurance and Academics in the Research led University. The presentation session was chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS Maj Gen (Retd) Professor Muhammad Aslam HI(M) and attended by Provost QA & RD Professor Dr. Mehmood Raza and Registrar NUMS Brig (Retd) Ehsan Kadir. During the session the Panel were given a preview to the various entities of NUMS including its premier Constituents comprising of Army Medical College, Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI) and the Specialty Institutes. Soon after the briefing the Review Panel members were led to the QEC room to exclusively and thoroughly review and verify the University Portfolio Report based on the evidences provided by the Quality Enhancement Cell on behalf of all the concerned directorates as per each of the 11 IPE Standards for the remaining day scheduled. During the process the NUMS QEC Team fully facilitated the HEC Review Panel Members and liaised between them and the relevant Directors at NUMS Secretariat for swift provision of relevant documents and policies based on any query raised.

The Day two started with the detailed visit of the Army Medical College where the Panel met with the Principal AM College, the Head of Departments (HoDs) and Program Officers in Command (OICs). The panel was briefed about the history of AM College since its inception in 1977, with a quick overview of the programs and facilities available to the students and faculty. A short well organized tour was conducted showing off the grand infrastructure of the College, classrooms, demonstration rooms, laboratories, library and the conference rooms where the HEC Panel witnessed ongoing classes, demonstrations, hands on training of students in the enabling environment provided by the University. The Panel had a thorough but exclusive feedback session with the faculty and students, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The panel appreciated the level of interest shown by even the undergraduate medical students towards NUMS learning and research endeavours. Principal AM College Maj. Gen. Saleem Ahmad Khan, himself a PhD in Hematology further stressed on the importance of inculcating research skills in students at all levels by incentivizing and rewarding some of College best researchers apart from supporting them in publication of their research work in renowned, credible medical journals. This was well appreciated and received by the Panel who later on expressed their satisfaction on NUMS route towards the right direction.

The next destination was the Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI) where the HEC Team met with the Commandant AFPGMI, HoDs and Program OICs. The Commandant AFPGMI Maj. Gen. Ammar Raza TI(M) briefed them about the history of AFPGMI and its current academic endeavours run under multifarious regulatory bodies such as HEC, College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC). The Panel was led through the Institute where they interacted with postgraduate students learning in state of the art class rooms, accredited laboratories, library and the advanced demonstration rooms equipped with most modern resources and the examination cell. The Review Panelists had a detailed feedback session with the faculty and students of the PG Institutes likewise and were briefed about various programs including, MBBS, Nursing, Paramedics and Allied Health Programs, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programs that are instrumental for health professionals to keep pace with the advancements in the medical field. Similarly, the team was also briefed about the Disaster Management Course being offered at the Institute keeping in view the needs of the community besides foreign fellowships and exchange programs for the faculty as well as students, being carried for the development of higher educational standards of the Institute were also discussed. The Review Panel commended and lauded the outstanding contributions made by the institute in this direction. Later a quick trip to the College of Nursing, under the auspices of AFPGMI Rawalpindi was made where the academic and infrastructure facilities were shown around by the Chief Nursing Instructor Brig. Nighat Muazzam and Dean Nursing, Ms. Raffat Jan, NUMS and few practical demonstrations such as resuscitation process by the nursing cadets was shown. The day two ended with the visit to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) which started with a detailed briefing by the Commandant AFIP Maj. Gen. Tahir Khadim and his senior faculty followed by a quick visit of state of the art laboratories conducting microbiological, hematological and biochemical testing at their best. The Panel also had an exclusive session with the five statutory heads of directorates comprising the University Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Treasurer, Director QEC and Director P&D as part of their requirement.

As per prescribed format on the third and last day of the inspection, the Review Panel had another meeting with the Vice Chancellor NUMS where they were highly appreciative of the academic and physical infrastructure of NUMS and its legacy entities and the efforts NUMS has made towards the accomplishment of its goals in terms of its Vision and Mission. During this meeting the Members of the HEC team were joined by the Advisor QAA Dr. Riaz who along with the rest apprised the Vice Chancellor about the salient observations and conclusions drawn during their review in their three day IPE Review visit to NUMS to further enhance its strengths and core competencies towards a qualitative and sustainable governance infrastructure. The Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor also acknowledged the Review Panel for their in-depth review and assured execution of the proposed recommendations by the Panel. Shields were presented among the Panel Members as a token of thanks and appreciation of their visit. (PR)

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