Medical Students Protest Against UHS In Front Of Punjab Assembly
LAHORE: Medical students protested in front of the Punjab Assembly on Monday against the University of Health Sciences (UHS) administration for terminating the Masters of Surgery (MS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) programmes.
The protesters raised slogans against the UHS administration and alleged that the UHS was adopting such policies to discourage the youth from opting for the medical profession. Talking to reporters, Save Education Action Committee President Dr Imran Bajwa said a certain lobby in the UHS wanted to derail the medical profession for its “ulterior motives”, but the doctors will “never let this happen”. He urged the chief minister to take action against those responsible for terminating a century old academic programmes.
However, the UHS spokesman said in a press statement that the university had neither terminated any academic programme nor had it proposed in any proposal to do away with MS, MD and the Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) programmes. “The notion given by some people in this regard is absolutely wrong and baseless,” he said.
The MD, MS and MDS programmes are designed for professionals who intend to pursue clinical practice and want to develop research skills in related areas. UHS has received some proposals from some senior professors to change the admission criteria in order to revitalise these programmes. However, these proposals are yet to be discussed in and approved by the relevant statutory bodies of the university. UHS has no intention, whatsoever, to terminate any of its programmes. However, efforts to reform the curricula and admission procedures will continue.