LAHORE  - The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Wednesday joined hands with the Government College University (GCU) to make its medical students communication experts and good human beings, who were humble and sympathetic to their patients.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman and KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Faisal Masud signed the accord at a graceful ceremony at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room with a special focus to involve KEMU students in literary and co-curricular activities including drama and music on the pattern of GCU, and develop a strong partnership of sharing resources between both the universities. 

The 21-point accord provides the faculty members and postgraduate students of both universities access to each other laboratories, academic data, libraries and other necessary research facilities. The universities have also agreed to exchange teaching and research staff and initiate joint research projects.

Speaking on the occasion, KEMU VC Prof Masud said doctors must also be communication experts; very humble and sympathetic, as each of their words effect the mental and physical conditions of their patients. “So, the university had decided to share the culture of literary activities and students’ societies of GCU for the character-building and personality development of future doctors,” he added.

Prof Masud said that KEMU was also looking forwarding to have very strong research links with GCU Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology departments for research on medicines and development of diagnostic equipment. He lauded that GCU had developed very high-tech research laboratories, and KEMU would make best efforts to draw maximum benefits from GCU’s expertise and facilities.    

Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that modern research had become complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single university or research centre to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required, so it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

The GCU VC said that in the last three years GCU had signed more than 25 active agreements with reputed international and national institutes, so that his students can get access to all kinds of latest equipment and all other facilities for research.      

Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that GCU had developed international standard forensic sciences programmes with the help of its strong academic and research collaboration with the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. He said that these agreements of GCU were role models for other universities that they could develop their faculty and research by sharing resources.  

GCU Registrar Akhyar Farrukh told the KEMU faculty members that GCU Chemistry Department were actively working on nanoparticles and their activities against different bacterial strains and it had successfully increased the entrapment efficiency of several drugs through iron nanoparticles.  The KEMU Vice Chancellor also showed great interest in research on the genetic modification of Aedes aegypti mosquito to block the transmission of dengue vector to humans through her bite.

GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Director Research Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Registrar Dr Muhammad Akyar Farrukh and Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fauzia Shaheen also attended the accord signing ceremony. Later, VC Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented souvenirs to the KEMU delegation.