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Colleges of Sindh
Dow University of Health
Sciences (DUHS) Karachi Index Page
The constituent institutions
under Dow University of Health Sciences are , the Dow Medical College,
Sindh Medical College and Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases. Sindh Medical
School, Hyderabad established by the British in 1881 for training of
licentiate physicians , was renamed Dow Medical College in 1945 and
located at Karachi. Dow Medical College is attached to Civil Hospital
Karachi and Lyari General Hospitals, is thus the oldest Medical college in
Sindh and the second oldest in Pakistan.
Medical College was established in 1973 by Sindh Government and is
clinically attached to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, National
Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and national Institute of Child
Ojha Institute of Chest diseases, Karachi, was established as a sanatorium
in 1942. It is currently acknowledged as a WHO "center of excellence" for
Tuberculosis. Located on a vast tract of land, this institution offers
medical care to the community and trains post-graduate physicians for
diplomas in Chest diseases.
The two affiliated medical colleges of the University have 230 faculty
members and 4050 undergraduate medical students. In addition about 250
post graduate students are currently undergoing training.
The ordinance was promulgated in December 2003, by the Governor of Sindh,
put before the Provincial Assembly in March 2004 and was passed by the
Assembly on April 27th 2004. Governor of Sindh & Chancellor, Dow
University of Health Sciences, Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad, gave his formal assent
on 14th July 2004. The status for Dow University of Health Sciences
entails many new concepts and changes for which the following plans arte a
The undergraduate curricula
will be tailored to include : integrated teaching and problem based
learning for better understanding of the subject.
The academics will be
strengthened by innovative measures such as:
Digital Library connected with
HEC sponsored Digital Library Network.
Computer Lab with Internet
CME Programs by local and
Regular Courses for Computer
Evening Teaching Programs are
under consideration for productive utilization of time and space.
Communication Skills &
presentation Techniques workshops, for the under-grads, post-grads and
Extra curricular activities.
Ph.D. Program for Basic and
Clinical disciplines, initially for the capacity building of the faculty
members to encourage concepts in Higher Education, Research, Publications
and learning on continuing basis for competitive promotions.
M.Phil programs will be started
in various Basic Science disciplines.
DUHS will soon be signing a
series of MOUs with leading Institutions for collaboration in Research,
Academics and Joint Degree Programs.
In addition to new academic
programs DUHS will be establishing very soon a Dental College and
hospital, College of Nursing, Paramedical Training Institute, Institute of
Bio-Medical Engineering, Basic Medical Sciences Institute, Department of
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. For the first time in Pakistan a
Central Research & Reference Lab, Institute of Bio-Medical Engineering and
joint degree program in Health Management Sciences will be established as
In medical field we are the end
users of research and its products, not providers and innovators like the
West. DUHS will soon be having a Department of Research which will be the
all encompassing central pivotal body to promote and popularize Research
activities by establishing critical linkages between academic departments
both internally and externally and to facilitate interaction with industry
as well. The research activities will be guided by a competent
Institutional Review Bpard (IRB) so as to maintain ethics and proper
respect to human life and dignity.
An important component of
Health Sciences is General Health. DUHS plans to play a major and
effective role in the general health of our communities and population in
general by virtue of:
CME programs for Family
Physicians through Videoconferencing covering various regions of
School Children Health
Education Program with emphasis on preventive aspects and approaches
Awareness Programs for General
Public on social, clinical and economic aspects of disease.
DUHS will soon start conducting
examinations with a very fool proof and sound system, having multiple
checks and locks to maintain pristine accountability and invigilation.
A program for availing the
services of distinguished retired Professors.
Ambitious Plans for the
establishment of an Endowment Fund. Philanthropists, Alumni of constituent
Medical Colleges and Institutions, Industry and Government are expected to
contribute generously towards this vital exercise to sustain the vision
and a pleasant journey ahead
Plans are underway
to construct a modern University Campus at the OJHA institute site, and a
undergraduate medical college with its own hospital, which will mirror the
facilities available at its sister institutions.