On the initiatives of Mr. Nasir Mahmood (COO, Engineering Projects & Member Ibadat Educational Trust), the University of Lahore hosted Mr. Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan (Chief Minister, Gilgit Baltistan) on February 6, 2021 at the Defence Road Campus.
The courtesy visit aimed at CM’s familiarization with the UOL’s remarkable potentials and explore areas in which the University can collaborate with his government. Mr. Khan had a high profile meeting that was attended among others by Mr. Awais Raoof (Chairman, BoG), Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran (Rector), Mr. Nasir Mahmood, Prof. Dr. Arif Malik (Director, IMBB/CRIMM) ,Dr. Zahid Pervaiz (MS.ULTH), Dr. Sikandar Afzal (Associate Dean, UCM/ULTH Administration) and Dr. Iyaz Ali Khan (Head, Faculty of Pharmacy).
During the meeting, Mr. Awais shared facts and figures regarding the academic strengths of UOL and successful projects running including UOL Relief Trust, University of Lahore Teaching Hospital and University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD) with its competencies such as graduates, integrated modular curriculum, early clinical exposure, and mentorship program.
Mr. Awais further explained potential areas for collaboration with the Government of Gilgit such as provision of high quality education to the youth in the disciplines of hospitality and tourism management, medical and allied health sciences, nursing, engineering and technology, and other disciplines as per the demand of the corporate sector and market need of the area. He added that UOL has the capacity to collaborate in arranging trainings of FCPS at the DHQ’s at Skardu/ Gilgit and certificates in medical and health education like CHR, MME and CHPE.
While responding to the UOL’s presentation, the Chief Minister applauded the University for the progress and impact registered in multiple dimensions. He specifically appreciated the scholarships UOL is offering to the students from Gilgit adding that such a facility continues to greatly contribute the human capacity development of the area.
He gave a positive response on this meetup and assured his full support to the University. He promised to table the proposal for collaborations before Cabinet for further discussion and necessary decision making.