HEC committee assesses development project at JSMU

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Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) underwent a performance evaluation session for the Strengthening and Development Project (Phase 1) launched in 2020 by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and approved by the Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP).

Vice Chancellor JSMU, Professor Amjad Siraj Memon, received the delegation consisting of a committee including Saif Usmani, DG (Monitoring) Planning Commission of Pakistan (responsible for monitoring all PSDP projects nationwide), Irfan Ullah, DG (Planning) HEC Islamabad, Manzoor Ali, the Regional Coordinator of HEC, and Noman Ahsan, Director General of Sindh HEC.

While briefing the delegation, Professor Amjad Siraj Memon outlined the project, noting that it had commenced before his tenure started. He stressed the significance of finalizing the construction of the academic building. He urged the delegates to address the liabilities accrued in the financial year 2022-2023 and underscored the potential impact of the project outcomes on the university’s ranking.

Director of Planning and Development (P&D) at JSMU, Yasir Shaikh, briefed the committee about the project’s capital costs, university expenditures, and progress updates. He covered various aspects of the development scheme at JSMU, such as the construction of a Girls Hostel (G + 2), equipment provisioning for the existing medical sciences department, enhancement of computing and Internet/Intranet facilities, improvements in ICT and Network Infrastructure, implementation of online Examination System facilities, upgrades to the electrical power system, as well as other utilities and services. He also highlighted provisions for books and furniture, as well as external development enhancements.

New academic development scheme will now be presented to the HEC under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

The Committee was briefed about the ongoing improvements in the quality of education, promoting research, and harmonizing the faculty with modern requirements. The committee members inspected all JSMU labs where all the procured lab equipment were placed and installed.

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