LAHORE - Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that affiliation of teaching institutes of Sheikh Zayed Medical Complex with University of Health Sciences was a natural alliance and both institutions would gain from each other’s experience.

Speaking at a ceremony yesterday, the finance minister who is also Chairman Board of Governors (BoG) of UHS expressed the hope that the agreement would help further improving medical research and education.

UHS Vice Chancellor Maj Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam and SZMC Chairman and Dean Prof Farid Ahmad Khan signed the agreement to collaborate in research and academics.

BoG members including Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar, Prof Amer Aziz, Zarina Aziz, Seema Elahi Baloch and Secretary Health and Secretary Finance were also present on the occasion.

Punjab government has already affiliated the teaching units of SZMC including Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Federal Postgraduate Medical Institute (FPGMI), Lahore and Allied Institutions, with UHS for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Earlier these institutes were affiliated with Punjab University.

According to the agreement, the UHS would accredit established programmes of affiliated teaching units of Sheikh Zayed Medical Complex, Lahore, following due process for the award of certificates diplomas and degrees.

The agreement also envisages collaboration and cooperation in teaching and learning including joint programme development, institutional exchanges by inviting faculty and staff to participate in teaching and research activities and continuing professional development.

Research is the main agenda of the agreement under which both institutions have agreed to organise joint symposia, conferences, courses and meetings. It also envisages coordinated research in selected areas besides providing training of scientific and technical personnel for research and development.

After the MoU signing ceremony, the federal minister chaired the 35th meeting of UHS Board of Governors in which various administrative matters of the university were discussed.