Dr Noorul Iman made new principal of Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday appointed noted physician Prof Dr Noorul Iman as principal of the Khyber Medical College (KMC).
He was serving as special secretary health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He replaced prominent physician and widely respected teacher, Prof Dr Sultan Mahmood, who retired after reaching the age of superannuation.
Prof Liaqat Ali, the senior most faculty member, was serving as acting principal of the college after Dr Sultan Mahmood’s retirement.
Senior government officials said the provincial health department had sent a summary to Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti to nominate one from a list of four candidates as principal of the oldest medical college of the province.
In the list were the names of Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, head of pathology department KMC, Prof Dr Noorul Iman, head of medical ‘D’ ward Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) and KMC, Prof Dr Ijaz Hasan Khattak, pathology department, and Prof Dr Azar Rasheed, head of dermatology department KTH and KMC.
According to sources, Prof Dr Nargis Parveen, head of physiology department KMC, was senior even to Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, but she reportedly declined to join the race for getting the coveted post.
She had once served as principal of the college but certain serious problems arose in the college during her tenure, she also faced an inquiry of corruption charges at the time.
According to sources, some of the contenders maneuvered and used political contacts to obtain the principal’s position. Dr Noorul Iman would be the youngest principal at the KMC. Like most of his predecessors, he would serve as principal at the college where he studied as a student during 1980s.
In 1986 he did his graduation from KMC and then went to Ireland where he did MRCP in 1991. He also did FRCP from Ireland and Edinburgh, and is Fellow of European Board of gastroenterology.
He joined the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) as senior registrar in July 1993. He was promoted as professor in 2008. He has published more than 50 research papers in international medical journals. Apart from teaching and his work as a busy clinician, Dr Noorul Iman has written two books for medical students and remained chief editor of KMC journal.
In 2010, the KP government appointed him as special secretary health, a position that earned him more foes than friends. Some senior teachers in KMC welcomed his appointment as principal and hoped he would play his role in up-gradation of the college.
Prof Dr Mohammad Humayun Khan, a senior teacher of KTH/KMC, said that, “Dr Noor is an energetic person and has the best administrative qualities required for running an important institution like KMC.”
Another senior doctor in the same institution pleading anonymity described him as a self-made man. “He established himself without any support of others and faced numerous challenges during his previous job of special secretary health. He handled all the crises in a successful manner and even saved the lethargic health minister from troubles while running his ministry,” he said.
Dr Noorul Iman could also face opposition from some faculty members in KMC who strongly opposed his nomination as principal by arguing that he was 19th on the seniority list and, therefore, did not deserve to become principal. The KMC teachers’ association had also pleaded for appointment of a senior faculty member from KMC as the principal.
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