Prof. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai

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 Prof. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai

MBBS, FRCS, FCPS, FICS

(May 22, 1935 -July10, 2017)

A Visionary of Healthcare and Medical Education

Last year on 10th July 2017 Prof. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai, the Chancellor of Baqai Medical University, passed away at the age of 82 years and laid to rest at Baqai Medical University Campus.

Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai belongs to an illustrious family of Delhi. His forefa­thers migrated from Iran to Delhi during the Mughal era. The two brothers of this family Baqaullah and Zakaullah rose to eminence in the profession of Tib-e-Unany.


Prof. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai

The descendants of Hakeem Baqaullah are known as Baqais. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai was only five years old when his father Hakeem Nizamuddin died. During the communal massacre which preceded the partition of India, Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai's mother migrated from Delhi to Karachi with her five sons. It was indeed a hard time for her. Having lost all she had, she had to face tremendous in taking proper care of her family. She certainly did a commendable job ensuring that each of her sons got higher education with her small earning by dress-making and sewing for APWA. The brave lady breathed her last in 1992. Dr. Baqai had to face a real difficult time to continue his education and also maintaining the family doing odd jobs.

Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai was born on 22nd May, 1935 in Delhi and did his MBBS in 1958 from Dow Medical College, Karachi. He got a chance to start his career in ophthalmology at Spencer Eye Hospital, but being interested in surgery and finding “eye”, a small field for him, he moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and got a chance to be attached with a renowned teacher of surgery Prof. Col. Saeed Ahmed who strengthened his roots of Surgery and got him sent to England for fellowship in Surgery which he got in 1965. Of course, it was an earning and learning process. He obtained his FRCS from Edinburgh and FICS in 1965. He was elected a Fellow of the Pakistan College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) in 1993. He served the Pakistan Navy from 1965 to 1969 as Surgeon Commander and at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi during the war in 1971.

He was elected Secretary of Pakistan Chapter of International College of Surgeons in 1965 and later the President of the Chapter in 1993. He hosted the Asia Pacific Congress of ICS in 1985. He was the Secretary and also the President of Society of Surgeons of Pakistan. He was the Convener of the International Conference of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan held in December, 1993. He had widely travelled, attended a large number of medical conferences and presented papers. He had number of papers to his credit and he was also Chairman of Baqai Foundation and Chairman, Department of Surgery of Baqai Medical College.

In 1969 he established Baqai Hospital at Nazimabad and in 1987 he founded Baqai Medical Complex which now consists of Baqai Medical College, Baqai Dental College, Baqai Institute of Health Sciences, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, Institute of Hematology, Baqai Institute of Medical Technology, Baqai Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Baqai Institute of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Medicine and College of Nursing. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai was the pioneer to introduce the Community Oriented Medical Education (COME) in Pakistan. His achievements may rightly be considered a gift of Allah.

God Almighty had blessed Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai an orphan with numerous qualities of head and heart. He never underestimated any kind of work on the basis of important or regardless. He was capable to control his anger and aggression. He was fond of making friends and had many friends in different spheres of life in the society. He knew the art of wining hearts. Dr. Fareeduddin Baqai was doing his job very patiently and on the basis of no profit or no loss. His honesty and hard work made him priceless.(PT)

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