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DUHS signs MOU with Turkish Universities
for academic collaboration

KARACHI: Prof. Dr. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, Dow University of Health Sciences signed an agreement with Prof. Dr. Cemil Celik Rector, Inonu University, Turkey and Prof. Hamit Okur of Menenyat University, Turkey at the two-days Vice Chancellors International Forum held in Islamabad. The MoU is to provide for the exchange of staff, scholars, students and skills training, for the enhancement of academics and educational needs.
The two days forum titled “Universities in the Islamic World” was organized by “Islamic educational scientific and cultural organization (ISESCO)” in collaboration with COMSATS institute of information technology and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. Over 200 vice chancellors of National and International Universities and Higher Education Institutes participated in this event. The main purpose of meeting amongst educationists from Muslim countries was to discuss challenges and the possibilities of developing linkages between them for exchange of students and faculty, along with the benefits of networking for pool up of resources and scholarships besides research opportunities.(PR)

22 complete Certificate Course
in teaching at UHS

LAHORE: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore has produced the first batch of 22 certified medical teachers. The certificate course in medical teaching was launched by the UHS last year under International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education (INSPIRE) project sponsored by the British Council. The facilitators from University of Liverpool, UK, trained the participants of the course which were selected from various medical colleges of the Punjab.
Addressing the certificate distribution ceremony held last week, regional director of British Council Richard Weyers said that INSPIRE project aimed at strengthening the academic and research partnership between UK and Pakistan. He told that currently 10 partnerships were running successfully across Pakistan. Moreover, 17 partnerships had been initiated under second round of the project, in a variety of subject areas ranging from health and environment to energy and education, he added.
UHS Vice Chancellor Maj Gen (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam said that the university had over 42 affiliated medical and dental colleges. Over 24 colleges have departments dedicated to Medical Education, but they realize that they lack the latest knowledge and skills required for efficient practice. Hence, the university is collaborating with University of Liverpool under the INSPIRE banner, to develop an innovative and sustainable project aimed to increase efficiency, basic knowledge and skills of medical teachers, he added.
UHS Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) director Prof. Arif Rashid Khawaja, who is the coordinator of the programme, stated that the course was taught on campus in two sessions. Between the teaching sessions, the students carried out a series of activities at their work place and gathered evidence of their teaching practice. The topics covered in the course included learning process of students, planning and delivering lectures to large and small groups, principles of assessment, and evaluation and innovation. Veteran medical educationists Dr Ian Willis and Dr Janet Strivens from the University of Liverpool also spoke on the occasion.(PR)

DRAP Policy
Board reconstituted


ISLAMABAD: The federal government has reconstituted the Policy Board of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. According to the notification issued on September 16th the following are the members of the Board.

1. Mr. Arshad Rahim Khan
2. Mr. A. Lateef Sheikh
3. Mr. Ayaz Ali Khan
4. Prof. M. Akbar Chaudhry
5. Prof. Mohammad Daud Khan
6. Dr. Syed Umer Jan

They have been appointed for a two year term which can be renewed for another term.

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