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Classes in the newly-established medical colleges in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad will begin from January 1, as planned. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed was told this in a briefing on Wednesday.
He said the colleges should have a fixed quota for students from all over Pakistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Gilgit-Baltistan, Indian Kashmir and overseas Kashmiris. The AJK PM said they were committed to promoting education, especially medical education in the state.
He advised the principal to complete everything well before the deadline and to have both the colleges prepared to start classes on the same date. The PM said that the required resources have been already provided to the institutions and promised more funds if needed.
The Prime Minister said that the colleges should be on the same standard as other public and private medical college in Pakistan. He added, “These colleges will cater to the needs of the whole country, and should be converted to medical universities.”
Earlier Principal Dr Muhammad Iqbal said that notifications on the medical colleges were issued in 1984, but it was the present government that finally implemented the decision. Seven labs, an auditorium and lecture halls have been built, in addition to the appointment of 22 senior doctors as professors.
Dr Iqbal said modern learning sources and campus management systems will be introduced in the colleges and that both the colleges are affiliated with Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Abbas Medical Institute.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2011.

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