The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore will now have its own medical and dental college that will be functional by 2024. The university currently has around 50 medical and dental colleges of Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir affiliated with it.

Addressing a meeting of faculty and administrative heads on Tuesday, UHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ahsan Waheed Rathore said that the varsity had all the resources to start a medical and dental college of its own in a couple of years.

“A lecture theater complex will be constructed in Jinnah campus for this purpose with an auditorium as its part”, he said adding that it would be attached to the hospitals at Muridke, Kala Shah Kaku, and Shahdara as the teaching hospitals. He further said that the college would be established as per international standards with an estimated cost of Rs 2 to 2.5 billion.

Prof Ahsan Rathore asked the faculty to start quality undergraduate programs for financial autonomy. Arrangements regarding the medical and dental college admission test (MDCAT) were also reviewed in the meeting. UHS VC appointed Registrar Dr Asad Zaheer as chief courier for the conduct of MDCAT while senior faculty members were nominated as head couriers in different cities. These head couriers will be responsible for conducting MDCAT in their respective cities.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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