Baqai Medical University
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|Baqai Medical University|
|Chancellor||Professor F.U. Baqai|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Dr. Mrs. Zahida Baqai|
|Location||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
Baqai Medical University was founded in 1988 on the outskirts of Karachi, and is ranked number 3 in the HEC rankings for medical universities in Pakistan. Courses are in medicine, dentistry, health management sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and veterinary science, and there are interdisciplinary courses.
Dr Fareed Uddin Baqai and his wife Dr Zahida Baqai were medical practitioners and surgeons who had been educated in Pakistan and the United Kingdom and began to practice in Karachi, which at that time was the capital. In the late 1960s, the Baqaians started a private sector hospital in Nazimabad, Karachi, the Baqai Hospital Nazimabad, which became a general hospital with 350 beds and modern facilities aimed at middle-income private patients, also doing charitable work.
In the 1970s it was clear that a more massive programme of community development was needed, with medical education built around community development, together with ancillary institutions. In 1976 the Baqai Foundation acquired land on the outskirts of Karachi, on the M-9 Super Highway. There it established Pakistan's first rural medical centre, supported by secondary and tertiary health-care structures. The Baqais founded the Baqai Medical Complex.
They convinced the government that health delivery could be through a programme of community-oriented medical education. This stimulated them to plan a medical college, the building of which was started in the 1980s. In 1988, the first MBBS students were admitted, although it was not until 1990 that the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council formally permitted the college to start clinical teaching at Baqai Hospital, Nazimabad. In 1992, the Baqai Foundation went on to establish the Baqai Dental College, the first such college for the huge city of Karachi. A department of Dental Materials was established.
The medical college and the dental college are inspected by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council inspectorate. On completing their education, the first medical and dental students were granted their degrees by the University of Karachi. The PMDC recognised the university's degrees of MBBS and BDS.
The institutions of the university includes
- Baqai Medical College
- Baqai Dental College
- Baqai College of veterinary Sciences
- Baqai Cadet College
- Baqai institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Baqai Institute of Health Management Sciences
- Baqai Institute of Hematology
- Baqai Institute of Medical Technology,
- Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology
- Baqai Institute of Chest Diseases
- Baqai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
- Baqai Institute of Reproduction and Developmental Sciences
- Department of Social Obstetrics
- Baqai Institute of Information Technology
Merit is the only criterion for admission. There are no quotas, reserved places or places based on donations. In establishing merit, entrance tests, interviews, extra curricular activities and school records are used.
Grants and scholarships are provided for faculty members to travel abroad to seminars and conferences and for higher education. The university has a programme of education through its Centre for Medical Education.