MoU for Academic and Scientific Research Signed Between Pakistan and Oman
National Defence College (NDC) Oman and National Defence University, Islamabad signed a MoU for academic cooperation and scientific research during an elegant ceremony held in Muscat, Oman. Under this MoU, both of the institutes will cooperate in parliamentary, literary and manpower training. The event was broadcasted live on Oman Television. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee signed this MoU on behalf of Pakistan and Lt.-Gen Ahmed bin Harith al Nabhani, Chief of Staff, Sultan’s Armed Forces signed on behalf of Oman.
The next visit of NDU regarding the implementation and formularization of this MoU will occur from April 15 to 19, 2019. This ‘Foreign Study Tour’ will be a step further to solidify Defense and War Studies cooperation between the both countries. General Hayat is currently on an official visit to Oman from Feb 2 to 5, 2019.
Through this MoU, the present bilateral framework shared by both countries is expected to expand and results in more positive outcomes in future. On 15 December, 2018 Lt-General Aamer Riaz, President NDU has sent his felicitations to NDC expressing his desire to exchange and promote the current framework for mutual profits.
After the event, Pakistani CJCSC held a meeting with prominent dignitaries and civil society of Oman. The event was graced with presence of dominant Omani scholars, poets, press personals, businessmen, intellectuals and historians.
Pakistan’s First Male-Only Medical College to Open in Jamshoro
The Ministry of Health has allowed the admissions of first batch of students immediately. The Pakistan’s first male-only medical college is named Bilawal Bhutto Medical College (BBMC). Initially the college will allow admissions to 100 students. It is affiliated with the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro.
The TB hospital of Sindh is assigned as BBMC’s affiliated teaching hospital. The VC of Jinnah Sindh Medical College informed the press that the request to establish this hospital was made Pakistan Medical and Dental Council’s (PMDC) committee itself. The Ministry of Health has approved the request and has immediately allowed the college to start taking admissions. So far 800 candidates have already applied for the seats.
Talking about the criteria of admissions the VC said, the candidates for reserved 100 seats will be selected on merit and according to Sindh’s central admission policy. He further said that the nation is facing shortage of male doctors. As per the records, 87% of open merit medical seats at government colleges have been attained by female students each year. Furthermore, 50% of these admitted female students drop out of their courses in between the programme or don’t do practice after completing their degrees. Considering this fact establishment of a male-only medical college had become an imperative necessity for the nation.
Explaining the severe shortage of male doctors in Pakistan to the press he said right now there are only 172,000 doctors registered with PMDC for a nation of 220 million populations. He said that the admissions process will be completed by the end of this month and the classes will start from March 2019.
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