Heart diseases in women
Red Dress Day celebrated
to create awareness

KARACHI: The first Friday of February was designated by the awareness campaign, by American Heart Association. Pakistan cardiac society being part of go red program since last year is organizing awareness programs for women to understand their biggest threat in the form of heart diseases. This year scientific council of women with heart diseases Pakistan Cardiac Society in collaboration with GO RED program has celebrated red dress day in various cities of the Pakistan for the first time. On this day, men and women were encouraged to wear red dress as a symbol of their support of women's heart health.

It may be mentioned here that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. The mortality is more in young women with heart diseases more in low socio-economical developing countries of the world especially in South Asian countries but nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented in women. (PR)

NUMS Launches
“Ehsaas” Institutional
Scholarship Award

RAWALPINDI: Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program is to award direct, individual scholarships to academically qualified Pakistani students who, without financial assistance, are not able to obtain a university education. The scholarships are managed at the institutional level and provide full tuition fee plus a stipend to competitively chosen individuals for a bachelors at an HEC approved Pakistani university throughout the course of studies of the respective program.

Government of Pakistan has launched Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Program which is a sizable project of 6 Billion under the umbrella of Benazir Income Support Program that aims to provide 50,000 undergraduate scholarships annually and 200,000 scholarships in four years. The Scholarship will benefit the students from all fields of education including, agriculture, arts and humanities, business education engineering, medical, physical sciences and social sciences.

As a regulatory body, Higher Education Commission (HEC) formalized certain SOPs and Parameters in order to access the eligibility of the desirous candidate. These SOPs actas a yardstick in order to reveal the financial position of prospective candidates. HEC also shortlisted NUMS for the award of undergraduate scholarship program and advised to formulate Institutional Scholarship Award Committee (ISAC). On 22nd January 2020, 1st Meeting of ISAC was arranged at NUMS Secretariat. The last date for application submission was 24th December 2019 by the candidates and NUMS managed to hold the ISAC interviews within One month of time. A large number of students applied for the scholarship out which 30 students were shortlisted and called for interview at ISAC. The shortlisted candidates belonged to MBBS, BDS, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences and Social sciences Programs being run at NUMS Secretariat and its constituent colleges.

The ISAC was chaired by the Worthy Vice Chancellor NUMS. The Committee also constituted Pro VC NUMS, Advisor HRD Higher Education commission, Provost QA & RD NUMS, Principal Army Medical College, Commandant AFPGMI, Director Research, Professor Social Sciences and Mr. Sajid Mansoor Qaiserani as a representative of the community. Students from NUMS, Army Medical College and AFPGMI were interviewed for the Award of Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship during the ISAC meeting. The recommendations of the committee of eligible candidates from all over Pakistan will be compiled by HEC to finalize the awardees for the scholarships. (PR)

NUMS AS&RB discuss
innovative courses for PGs

 Rawalpindi: The 9th AS&RB Meeting of National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) was held at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi on 23rd January 2020 chaired by Pro Vice Chancellor, Maj Gen Prof. Muhammad Aslam. Also present in the meeting were Principal AM College, Commandant AFIP, Commandant AFID, Director Academics, Director Research, Director Quality Assurance and Heads of the Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Community Medicine, Microbiology, Social Sciences of NUMS and Dean Dental Sciences. The chair apprised the house that 32 academic programs for Ph.D, M.Phil, MS/ MSc, Diploma, Certificate, MBBS, BDS, BS Nursing (Generic) and BS Courses in allied health sciences (Lab Technology, Cardiac Perfusion Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Biotechnology, Genetics and Microbiology are being run at numerous centers of NUMS.

Various agenda points such as; Revised Postgraduate Policies of Academics and Examinations in conformity with HEC, Master in Health Professions Education (MHPE) Curriculum, Curriculum for M.Phil Dental Public Health, Curriculum for MS Phytochemistry and Natural Health were discussed and approved. Two research scholars namely, Dr. Mudassar Noor and Dr. Usman Nawaz who completed their Ph.D Pharmacology and defended their theses successfully after having been reviewed by local and foreign reviewers were approved for accord of Doctorate under auspices of NUMS while progress report of eight other PhD scholars in different sub-specialties of Pathology was reviewed.

In addition before the AS&RB Meeting, progress report and compliance to the minutes of 8th Meeting of AS&RB was presented with a vote of thanks at the end. The Vice Chancellor, NUMS Lt Gen Prof. Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI(M)(Retd) emphasized to open vistas in interdisciplinary and trans disciplinary academic programs keeping in view of global needs and employability.(PR)

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