Srinagar, Jul 1: On Doctors’ Day, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday demanded setting up of a medical university in Kashmir.
“Medical university in Kashmir is the need of the hour” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan. Dr Hassan said Jammu and Kashmir has dozens of medical institutions, including medical, dental and paramedical colleges, which are currently affiliated to Kashmir and Jammu universities while claiming the two universities are "already overburdened with the affairs of their own academic institutions and find it hard to cater to the needs of thousands of medical and paramedical students".
“In absence of medical university, medical students suffer immensely as examination, results and awarding of degrees often get delayed,” he said. The DAK President said medical university would give "new direction to medical curriculum that would change the health care scenario in JK".
“The varsity would provide competent caring physicians through quality undergraduate and postgraduate training that would shape the future of the health care in the region,” he said adding “the quality of nurses and paramedics would also improve through outstanding education that would produce a paradigm change in patient care,” he said. He said the university would provide "an environment that is conducive for research which would bring us on the scientific map of the world".
“It would serve as an international magnet and will attract high quality professionals across the globe to practice, teach and research in an academic medical environment,” he added.
General Secretary DAK Dr Arshad Ali said the medical university would "integrate health care system of the valley and bring the health institutions under one umbrella".
“That will provide uniform quality health care to all and improve patient satisfaction and outcome,” he added.