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A 6-member team from CDC visited the NUMS on July 2, 2019 to discuss possible opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. They were taken on a tour of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) conduct by Commandant Maj Gen Muhammad Tahir Khaddim. The Deputy Surgeon General, Maj Gen Ammar Raza and the Vice Chancellor NUMS, Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI (M), Retd accompanied the delegation. The state of the art lab facilities of histopathology, virology, microbiology etc. were shown to them in addition to a presentation by the Commandant highlighting the history and growth of AFIP during the course of time.
Later, the delegation had a detailed discussion at the NUMS Secretariat with the VC and his team. The present healthcare situation of Pakistan and the possible mutual support to implement improvements was deliberated. The idea of development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) leading to the establishment of a Science Park at NUMS was shared with the CDC members with a request for guidance throughout this process. Faculty & student exchange opportunities, collaborative research projects and the establishment of a Chinese Language Learning Centre were some of the main areas of discussion.
The meeting was followed by a formal dinner at the NUMS secretariat.