An ordinance to upgrade the Sindh Medical College (SMC) into the Sindh Medical University (SMU) was signed by Governor Ishrat-ul-Ibad at Bilawal House on Friday, with President Asif Ali Zardari as a witness.
Officials say that when the SMC is upgraded, it will be the third medical university in Karachi catering to the increasing educational requirement of the metropolis in particular, and the country in general.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Secretary General to the President, Salman Farooqui, President Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) Dr Javed Suleman and other senior government officials were present at the signing ceremony.
Advisor to Sindh Governor on Education, Prof Dr Naushad A Shaikh, said that health and education is a priority for the PPP, and noted that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had established six medical colleges in Sindh.
Dr Naushad said that President Zardari had carried forward Bhutto’s mission, and termed the decision to upgrade the SMC as “yet another manifestation of PPP’s commitment to the cause of health and education.”
Dr Naushad was confident that the SMU would provide and disseminate knowledge and technology and make provisions for training, graduate, and post-graduate research and services in the field of health and allied sciences.
“The SMU will adopt the latest teaching methodologies, techniques and strategies to ensure the most effective educational training and research programs,” he said.Sindh Medical College (SMC), Karachi started functioning under the Government of Sindh on 7th April, 1973. To date, more than 10,000 graduates have passed-out from SMC, 2, 000 of whom are currently serving in North America, UK and Middle-East.