The University of Health Sciences (UHS) will introduce researchers in its undergraduate programs, including MBBS. The university has decided to incorporate a research component in the third and fourth years of the MBBS program. The third-year exams will also carry a compulsory question on research. To promote research at the undergraduate level, UHS has also announced opening its doors to affiliated colleges. Now, students of medical and dental colleges will be able to use varsity laboratories for their research projects.
UHS will also chalk out a four-year comprehensive biomedical and clinical research plan. UHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ahsan Waheed Rathore has directed all the affiliated colleges to submit their research data within a week to prepare the plan.
While chairing a meeting of the principals of the affiliated colleges on Monday, Professor Ahsan Waheed Rathore apprised that a Research and Development (R&D) Center had been established to coordinate research activities. UHS Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Maroof Aziz, Vice Chancellor Nishtar Medical University Professor Rana Altaf, Principal Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Professor Al-Farid Zafar, Professor Majeed Chaudhary, Professor Ayesha Shaukat, Director Medical Education Dr. Khalid Rahim besides heads and representatives of 46 institutions were present in the meeting. Moreover, 16 principals participated through video-link.
UHS VC further said that an eight-member advisory committee had been constituted to oversee the affairs of the R&D Center. The committee consisted of HEC Distinguished Professor (Biotechnology), Prof. Kauser Abdullah Malik, VC Rawalpindi Medical University, Prof. Muhammad Umar, ex-VC Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Prof. Aamer Zaman Khan, ex-HoD pediatrics gastroenterology, Children’s Hospital, Prof. Huma Arshad Cheema, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, Prof. Shahid Mahmood Baig, Influenza virus group leader, Pirbright Institute, UK Institute, UK, Prof. Munir Iqbal, Associate Director of R&D at the University of London, UK Dr. Isaac John and Director R&D Center Prof. Saqib Mahmood.
Professor Rathore asserted that the university and its affiliated colleges could produce 700 to 800 research papers annually. He added that all the laboratories of UHS would be pooled up to form a center of excellence in biomedical and clinical research so that research could be taken out of papers and implemented. He said that various reforms were being made in the examination system. He directed all colleges to immediately implement faculty feedback by their students. UHS VC informed the participants that the university collaborated with NHS UK on the clinical efficacy of Xylitol-based nasal spray for treating mild Covid-19 infection.