Syndicate approves Rs85m budget for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University
Islamabad: The syndicate of the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University approved a budget of Rs85 million for the medical university, and appointed 29 heads of teaching departments and five deans of different faculties at its first meeting held at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) here on Wednesday.
The meeting, which was chaired by the SZAB Medical University Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram, also approved the appointment of eminent neurosurgeon Professor Khaleequz Zaman as the chairman of the hospital management committee. Professor Khaleeq would now head the hospital as the chairman of the most important committee, which addresses all administrative and financial matters.
The meeting also addressed the grievances of the PIMS hospital’s union and endorsed all notifications issued by the Establishment Division and Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), which ensured that all hospital workers would remain civil servants.
The syndicate unanimously approved the Federal Medical and Dental College as the constituent medical college of SZAB Medical University.
Addressing the meeting, Professor Akram apprised the participants of the International Health Tower, which will be established in the coming months against a cost of Rs8 billion, mainly with funds provided by the federal government. “The International Health Tower will not only enhance health tourism, but will also pave the way for free treatment of patients at PIMS from revenue generated through health tourism,” he added. The model of the health tower’s construction, as well as the modalities of its smooth functioning, and related costs would be addressed by a key financial team of the federal government and other related institutions.
The syndicate members unanimously passed the agenda items brought up in the first syndicate meeting. The meeting was attended by MNA Asad Umar, Capital Administration and Development Ministry Secretary Faridullah Khan and Additional Secretary Mohammad Asghar Chauhdry, chancellor’s (President of Pakistan’s) nominees director general Moazzam, who represented secretary to the president Ahmed Farooq, and Dr. Riaz Janjua, Professor Khaleequz Zaman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Abid Farooqi, registrar-secretary of the meeting Professor Amjad Chaudhary, HEC nominee Professor Dr. Altaf G Sheikh, Dr. Rizwan Aziz Qazi, and Prof. Tanveer Khaliq, Prof. Shahid Nawaz Malik.
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