SRINAGAR: Addressing the inauguration of the 22nd Postgraduate Research Presentation Programme (PGRP) at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Friday, former Dean (Academics) Dr Khurshid Iqbal sounded an urgent call for SKIMS to provide nursing and paramedical training. The private hospitals of Kashmir face an acute shortage of trained nurses and other paramedical staff due to a dearth in government paramedical institutions, he said.
“None of the private institutions in Kashmir have trained nursing staff. They are either simple diploma holders or practicing after doing refresher and crash courses. This trend must end because it’s taking a heavy toll on patients,” said Dr Iqbal. He added that SKIMS should enhance nursing seats in its paramedical college to fulfill the deficiency.
“I appeal the present SKIMS administration to introduce the new course and enhance nursing and doctoral seats in the institute so that more people will get training,” Dr Iqbal said.
He also asked the authorities to work to have SKIMS Medical College shifted.
“I think it’s high time for us to pursue the case of SKIMS Medical College Bemina, for shifting it to the close vicinity of SKIMS Soura so that students get trained easily. At least 50 seats of the college should be shifted here,” Dr Iqbal said.
Others who spoke on the occasion include former Director SKIMS Dr Abdul Hamid Zargar, present Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah, Principal SKIMS Medical College Dr Reyaz Untoo, Dr Munir A Wani and Dr N A Chowdhary.
Dr Zargar said SKIMS should take a lead role in introducing innovations and young medical scholars should become the torchbearers of the institution.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah congratulated students and scholars for their work and appreciated their efforts and commitment towards the profession. He said SKIMS had suffered due to turmoil, however every effort is on to maintain its reputation as a premier tertiary health centre, especially with the advancement of research.
“The Institution has made a significant progress at various fronts, and research is an important activity in the medical field. The department of research has been established to promote research activities at large scale,” he added.
PGRP is a prestigious academic activity at SKIMS. Conceived of by former Director SKIMS Dr Syed Zahoor Ahmad, it was started in 1988 to provide a forum where all medical post-graduates and postdoctoral scholars who have completed their dissertations/research theses, can present their work.
Over 100 research papers are being presented at the two-day PGRP event
The students submitted their research abstracts some months ago after due registration via the prescribed format.
Selected presenters will make their final power point presentation. Best presentations will be rewarded by a panel of judges on the basis of subject content, study design, statistical methodology, presentation and time management. The function will conclude with valedictory remarks and an award ceremony.
The programme was attended by former Director Dr Mehraj-ud-Din and various faculty members, postgraduate/postdoctoral students, senior residents, junior residents and other guests.