LAHORE - The University of Health Sciences’ Board of Governors has approved Rs895.7 million budget for the financial year 2016-17.

The 36th meeting of UHS board was held yesterday with Federal Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar in the chair. Board members Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar, Zarine Aziz, Vice Chancellor Maj Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam and representatives of provincial health and finance departments attended the meeting.

Prof Muhammad Aslam apprised the board of the progress of the UHS during last year with special focus on Kala Shah Kaku Campus.

The board was also apprised that the university had maintained its position in Higher Education Commission’s Ranking 2015 and was among the ‘Top 10’ universities of Pakistan.

UHS VC said that the university had been given a lead role in higher education Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF) III with regards to capacity-building in Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The chair urged the authorities to maintain the highest standards so that this important field of medicine and health could improve service delivery and provide better and affordable medical facilities to the common man.

The finance minister further said that although government was focusing primarily on ‘Three Es’ (economy, energy and extremism), it has increased the budgetary allocation for health and education.

According to budget estimates, Rs41.5 million has been earmarked for research purposes. Out of it, Rs15 million has been allocated for the grant of scholarship, Rs5 million for purchase of chemicals, reagents, glassware and specialized kits, and Rs21 million has been allocated for lab equipment and machinery. An amount of Rs0.5 million will be spent on research surveys and exploratory operations.

A sum of Rs88.785 million has been allocated for operating expenses that includes utilities (Rs15.3 million), communications (Rs8.03 million), travel and transportation (Rs11.155 million) and general expenses (Rs53.7 million).

An amount of Rs203.439 million has been reserved for employee related expenses. The board approved 10 per cent ad hoc relief allowance for the employees.

An amount of Rs454.62 million will be spent on development activities which include civil works at Kala Shah Kaku Campus (Rs415 million), purchase of machinery (Rs21.00 million), and furniture and fixture (Rs8 million).

The UHS will spend Rs104 million on the conduct of examinations and Rs1.5 million on continued professional development of the medical faculty. A sum of Rs1 million has been allocated for international linkages and Rs1 million for the introduction of new academic programmes during the year 2016-17.

FIRST MERIT LIST ON DEC 1

The University of Health Sciences will issue first merit list for admission to private medical/dental colleges on December 1, Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah said while addressing a press conference at UHS yesterday.

The secretary said the government would implement Pakistan Medical & Dental Council’s policy regarding admission to private medical/dental colleges on open merit. Representative of PMDC Dr Amir Bandesha and Pro-Vice Chancellor UHS Prof Junaid Sarfraz Khan were also present.

The Provincial Admission Committee would intimate Pakistan Medical and Dental Council regarding violation of rules and regulations by few private medical/dental colleges and recommend necessary action. PAC discussed implementation on PMDC admission policy of 2016. The committee condemned the private institutions misguiding students and parents and openly violating the merit policy.

It has asked the parents and students to approach UHS, Nishter Medical College Multan and Rawalpindi Medical College for submitting admission forms and not any private medical/dental college. These admission forms can be downloaded from website of UHS.

Najam Ahmed Shah said the Lahore High Court has issued an interim order on 11th November, which was amended by the Court on November 18. The LHC clarified that the order would be applicable only on such students who had appeared in SAT-II.

So far, 6544 students have applied for admission in private medical/dental colleges, Prof Junaid Sarfraz Khan informed, adding that the date of submitting admission forms has been extended to November 22 to facilitate such students who want to apply for the admission.

Dr Amir Bandesha informed that 146th meeting of PMDC Council held on November 19 appreciated the government for implementing the admission policy. He said the PMDC has informed all the medical universities/colleges that no admission against the merit policy would be acceptable and UHS as well as PMDC would not register such admissions.