History of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) or King Edward Medical College KEMC, Lahore (Page 16)

Published on September 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

History of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) or King Edward Medical College KEMC, Lahore (Page 16)

The period of Prof. Khwaja Saadiq Husain can be termed as the period of improvements of academics and physical developments. During his tenure he raised a team of dedicated workers consisting of Prof. Munawar Hayat, Prof. LAX Tareen, Prof. Nasib R. Awan, Prof. Bilquees Jamal Zafar, Prof. Zahida Sultana Mir, Prof. Muhammad Munir-ul-Haq and Prof. A .H Nagi to undertake the task of development in college. He also developed continuous contacts with KEMC Alumni Association of North America with the sole purpose to equip audio-visual system and Library of the college. Many buildings including Administrative Block, the Anatomy, the Pharmacology, the Pathology, the Forensic Medicine & Toxicology and the Auditorium were renovated. It would not be exaggerating that the face of college bore an entirely new look. Tennis Pavilion and Photographic Section were also added to the main campus and the existing accommodation in the hostels including renovation of Swimming Pool, Mosque and Canteen were done. The Department of Medical Education and Illustration was expanded and the College was declared by the Chancellor and Governor of the Punjab as the Provincial Training Centre for Training in Medical Education. Many courses were arranged and teachers from nearly all the Medical Colleges of the Punjab were trained.

During Prof. Khwaja Saadiq Husain tenure many dignitaries ,like Mr. Bishop, the Dean, Postgraduate Education, UK, Hussain Aglzary, Sidney Tru lover from Oxford, BoLindblad and Dr. Hanson, from Swedon, Mr. Muhammad Amin from China, Mr. F. Yamashita ,Mr. N. Tanska and Maruyama from Japan and Mr. Anthony Fairburn from UK Muhammad Khan Junejo, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Sidney Trulover, Oxford., Mr. Bo Lindblad, Stockholm., Mr. Hanson, Stockholm., Mr. Muhammad Amin., China., Mr. F.Yamashita, Japan., Mr. Anthony Fairburn., USA., Prof. Girdwood, President Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh., Mr. Abdul Shakoor B. Mohammad, Mr. Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia., .Dr. Lennart Freij SAREC, Stockholm, Sweden and Trevor Silventone Department of Psychiatric Medicine, London visited the College. visited the college. One of the distinguished visitors Mr. John Elis formerly Dean, London Hospital, Medical College University of London in his centenary lecture delivered recently at the Punjab University paid high tributes to this College and its graduates.
Prof. A. C.P. Sims President Royal College of Psychiatry from UK visited the. Department of Psychiatry King Edward Medical College, Lahore thrice between the years 1985-88. The overseas doctors training scheme ( ODTS) was started and experience gained to the Psychiatry Department was recognised for MRCPsy. Exemption from PLEB was also granted.

Prof. A. C.P. Sims President Royal College of Psychiatry from UK visited the. Department of Psychiatry King Edward Medical College, Lahore thrice between the years 1985-88. The overseas doctors training scheme ( ODTS) was started and experience gained to the Psychiatry Department was recognised for MRCPsy. Exemption from PLEB was also granted.

Prof. Iftikhar Ahmed, Professor of Medicine, became the Principal of King Edward Medical College after the retirement of Prof. Khwaja Saadiq Husain and remained Principal from November 1986 to October, 1989. Prior to his posting as Principal, he held the post of Secretary to Government of the Punjab, Health Department He has the singular honour to be the Principal King Edward Medical College in Grade-22. Before retirement he was made Chairman, Chief Minister’s Inspection Team from where he retired. His main interests besides teaching were audio-visual, community oriented medical education and continuing medical education.

During his tenure physical development initiated by Professor Kh. Saadiq Husain continued. He introduced the concept of student patient relationship for patient’s welfare by establishing “Student Patients Welfare Society”. He also organized and improved the existing Blood Bank services for needy patients. Further groups of doctors from the teaching pool were motivated to visit the far flung areas of the Province to provide medical advice to teaming millions belonging to poor community.

On the college side, Close-circuit T. V. system in the Lecture Theatres, Video film for teaching and air-conditioning of the teaching areas were accomplished. New College Academic Council Hall was established and furnished. Many departments of the college were updated and provided the latest medical equipment’s. The cases to install Electron Microscope for Pathology Department and grant of autonomy were initiated. The President of Pakistan was requested during the convocation address to help grant of these projects. The college was also linked with George Town University, Washington, U.S.A with the help of KEMC Alumni Association of North America.

His pursuation to the Alumni for the improvement of Audio-visual systems in the college bore fruits and the KEMC Alumni Association during one of the International Symposium on “Update of Medicine” agreed to establish the Audio-visual Library in the College and donated the first installment of U.S.$ 8,000 for the purpose. The College was made autonomous in 1987 in administrative, financial and academic matters. During his Principal ship, dignitaries like Mr. N.V Addison, Chairman Primary FRCS Examination of RCS of England.

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