Islamabad (News): Within six months of its inauguration by the prime minister, Islamabad’s first government-run medical educational institution is set to open its doors to a batch of 50 students.
Affiliated with the country’s premier Quaid-i-Azam University and having the city’s premier Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences as attached teaching hospital, Federal Medical and Dental College will invite applications for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) admissions next week, a relevant official told ‘The News’ on Wednesday.
The official, who wished not to be named, said applicants would sit a written test to be conducted by the public sector National Testing Service whose tests and assessment are a precondition for admission and recruitment to the country’s many prime public and private sector educational institutions.
The results will be announced within 72 hours of the test, while the classes will begin in January, he said.
Originally, it was planned that PIMS would house the college until its premises in the National Institute of Health, Chak Shahzad got ready. However, the plan was later dropped after the hospital administration expressed inability to provide rooms for students to have lectures in.
Now, according to the official, the college is located on the NIH premises from where students will be taken to PIMS by buses for training.
The college will prioritise taking in Islamabad’s students but a few seats have also been reserved for candidates from all provinces, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, he said, adding that professors, associate professors, assistant professors and demonstrators with experience in anatomy, physiology, psychology, biochemistry, internal medicine, pharmacology, and other disciplines will be appointed to it.
In April this year, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, the regulator of medical and dental educational institutions in the country, recognised the college and gave the mandatory green light to admissions of 50 MBBS students for this year. The number of seats, including those of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), will later be enhanced to 200 a year.
When contacted, PIMS Executive Director Professor Dr Mehmood Jamal confirmed the imminent opening of the Federal Medical and Dental College admissions and said the college would improve the quality of medical and dental education and training in the country.
“This first public sector medical and dental college of Islamabad will offer education and training of international standards to its students. It will have a wide range of disciplines with a great emphasis on great practical exposure of the students,” he said.
Professor Dr Mehmood said all necessary arrangements had been made for the start of classes that was slated for early next year.