NUMS Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to provide theoretical knowledge as well as practical learning according to international standards. Therefore, NUMS Department of Nutrition and Dietetics organized a field trip for the students at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad on 31st May, 2022.
Prior to one day from scheduled trip, Dr. Falak Zeb (Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics) conducted a pre-visit session to discuss the objectives of the visit followed by a briefing on punctuality and discipline on the day of trip. On 31st May, 2022, BS-HND students (semester 3) accompanied by Dr. Falak Zeb, reached the Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad at 11:30 am. After security clearance, the students were taken to the conference room for briefing session.
Dietitians and Nutritionists from the Department of Nutrition, Food Services and Clinical Nutrition at Shifa Hospital delivered a lecture through emphasizing on structural and functional components of the Department. Ms. Zainab (Senior Clinical Nutritionist), Ms. Bushra and Ms. Maryam (Dieticians), Ms. Anum from the Food and Nutrition Department and lastly Dr. Rezzan Khan, The Head of the Department of Nutrition at Shifa International Hospital covered various topics such as;
At the end of the lecture, a question answer session was held to answer the students’ queries.
Finally, students were taken to the hospital kitchen facility for an overview of preparation of diet meals according to health conditions of patients. The students were then served with refreshments after which they returned to the Department at 3:30 pm.
Keeping in view the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the prime focus of the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) has been on quality education and gender equality since its inception. NUMS not only seeks to encourage the admissions of female students in its various programs, but also strives for women empowerment in every field of life.
In order to strengthen its academic programs, NUMS offers open merit scholarships to encourage and acknowledge its bright students based on their academic excellence. These open merit scholarships are awarded to the top 3 position holders among the students enrolled in each semester of various disciplines. The list of students eligible for merit scholarships is generated by the respective departments considering the academic results/evaluation and finalized by the Examination and Finance Directorates of NUMS
NUMS Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (NDND) awarded the merit scholarships to 1st Batch (2021-2025) of BS - Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND) students. The students with the highest GPAs were selected on the basis of 2nd semester (Fall 2021-22 session) result. The scholarship cheques were distributed among the position holders by the Head of the Department, Associate Professor Dr. Sehar Iqbal in a small ceremony held on May 30, 2022. She congratulated the winners, praised, and encouraged them for future achievements.
Following students received the merit scholarships cheques;
NUMS Department of Nutrition & Dietetics (NDND) organized an orientation session for its 2nd batch students of BS – HND (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) on February 21, 2022. This orientation session aimed to welcome new students at National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS). In this regard, Head of the Department (HoD), Dr. Sehar Iqbal (Associate Professor) chaired the event to welcome all the participants. Also, other faculty members Dr. Falak Zeb (Assistant Professor), Dr. Abdul Momin (Assistant Professor), Dr. Sajeela Akram (Senior Lecturer) and Dr. Juweria Abid (Lecturer) attended the event.
The session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a welcome note by Dr. Sajeela Akram, Batch Coordinator BS – HND, 2022-26. Dr. Sehar Iqbal (HoD) addressed the students highlighting the significance of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and learning at University Level. Later, all the faculty members introduced themselves to the students followed by students’ introduction to the faculty members. Further, Dr. Abdul Momin presented a lecture on “An introduction to Academics and Exam Policy” of NUMS.
A question/answer session then started for student queries. Students asked several questions related to their degree program, its scope, future prospects and further fields of specialization in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Moreover, Mr. Wajid Ali (librarian) gave an introduction to the library and its policy in post the Q & A session. Following that, Ms. Aqsa from the Digital Technology Directorate briefed the students about the usage of official online Learning Management System (LMS) of the University.
Finally, Dr. Sajeela Akram thanked all the participants of the orientation session. Dr. Falak Zeb then held a brief campus tour with the new students to have an orientation with various blocks and classrooms. The orientation session ended with refreshments at the cafeteria.
It was the very first time that the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) was going to offer BS program in Human Nutrition & Dietetics under the newly established NDND (NUMS Department of Nutrition & Dietetics). In order to officially get the things going, NDND organized an orientation session of the students. The purpose of the orientation session was to orient the students with the University as well as to convey the aims and objectives of initiating the program of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the orientation session was held virtually. The Dean, Faculty of MDS (Multi-disciplinary studies), Prof. Dr. Aisha Mohiyuddin chaired the session. The HoD of the department, Dr. Sehar Iqbal along with two faculty members, Dr. Falak Zeb and Dr. Abdul Momin also participated in the orientation session. The session started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a welcome address by the Dean.
After that, the HoD, Dr. Sehar Iqbal introduced the department and the faculty members to the students. The students were then asked to introduce themselves and why had they opted for NUMS. Following the introductory session, a detailed briefing was given to the students from the Directorate of Digital Technologies, regarding the use of online LMS (Learning Management System) of the University.
In the end, the students asked different questions regarding the schedule of classes in the times of Covid-19, scope of their degree and potential job opportunities. All the relevant faculty members gave their input to answer to the students’ queries. The session was concluded with a vote of thanks by the Batch Coordinator, BS-HND, 2021-25, Dr. Abdul Momin.
Gender inequality is a huge problem, not only in Pakistan but also worldwide. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5 focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Keeping the SDGs under consideration, the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) also focuses on women empowerment and gender equality which is evident from its female to male ratio of students and continuous capacity building of females.
In order to strengthen its academic programs, NUMS offers open merit scholarships to encourage and acknowledge its bright students based on their academic excellence. These open merit scholarships are awarded to the top 3 position holders among the students enrolled in each semester of various disciplines. The list of students eligible for merit scholarships is generated by the respective departments considering the academic results/evaluation and finalized by the Examination and Finance Directorates of NUMS.
NUMS Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (NDND) awarded the merit scholarships to 1st Batch (2021-2025) of BS - Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND) students. The students with the highest GPAs were selected on the basis of 1st semester (Fall 2021-22 session) result. The scholarship cheques were distributed among the position holders by the Head of the Department, Associate Professor Dr. Sehar Iqbal in a small ceremony held on April 14, 2022. She congratulated the winners, praised, and encouraged them for future achievements.
Following students received the merit scholarships cheques;
At the end of the event, all the faculty members gathered for a photograph with the meritorious students.
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The NUMS Department of Nutrition & Dietetics (NDND), National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi celebrated “World Food Day” on 18th October 2021. World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16th of October to honor the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. It is a collective action across 150 countries which makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.
Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus. FAO issued World Food Day medals each year to commemorate and promote the anniversary. The theme for the current year’s world food dayis “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow” emphasizing on the food security, production and consumption of food contributing to immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy.
Dr. Inayat Ali, Assistant Professor (Visiting) from NDND organized the event. Honorable Prof. Dr. Muhammed Azam Chaudhary, Dean Department of Social Sciences and Humanities was invited as a chief guest. The event started with the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran. After that, Dr. Sehar Iqbal, Head of the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, welcomed the participants and gave a brief overview regarding world food day. The BS students of NDND gave thought provoking presentations in three assigned groups. The students specifically highlighted the current food insecurity in developing countries, malnutrition, and its burden on economy. They also highlighted sociocultural aspects of food and focused on the importance of healthy food and mentioned the various ways in which we can ensure that the food we are consuming is not only nutritious, but also good for our wellbeing as well as mental health.
All presentations were followed by an extensive Question & Answer session. The participants attended the session both onsite and online. At the end of the session, Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhry appreciated and praised departmental initiatives and efforts for organizing a successful event.
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