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23 February 2020

MoU signed between Government of GB and PIMS to establish the first medical college

Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the government of Gilgit-Batlistan and the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (affiliated with the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University)on May 6, 2016 for the establishment of a medical college in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor SZABMU Professor Javed Ikram and the Secretary for Health Gilgit-Baltistan Rasheed Ali. The signing ceremony, held in Islamabad, was also attended by theChief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman.

 The decision and the signing of MoU has received great appreciation from the people and youth of GB. It has been termed as a great achievement for the new government and a step forward to the development of the region.

On completion, the Gilgit-Baltistan Medical College will be the first of its kind in region’s 68 years old history. It is also interesting to note that GB is yet to have an Engineering university. The only university in the region, Karakoram International University (KIU) established in 2002 offers multiple courses in Life Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities and Natural Sciences to nearly 2300 students. Students pursuing Engineering and Medical fields have to travel across Pakistan to complete their studies.

Muahammad Shahsawar Balti has contributed this story from Islamabad
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