By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Institute of Public Health (IPH) and Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP) on Monday to collaborate in training and capacity building of their students, faculty and staff to enhance education, training and research.
The Chairman Board of Management IPH, Lt. Gen. (R) Khalid Maqbool and Rector VUP Naseem Tariq signed the accord at a ceremony organized by the Dean IPH at the Birdwood Road Lahore. Dean IPH Prof Dr Zarfishan Tahir and Dean VUP Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Bashir also signed the documents.
According to the points of the accord, both institutions would extend help to promote preventive health. The IPH would generate health messages which would be disseminated through media channels of the VUP. Similarly, the VUP would provide technical support to IPH for building on-line system. Likewise, the students and the staff of both institutions would be the beneficiary of the Laboratories and other facilities.
Speaking on the occasion, Khalid Maqbool said that IPH is endeavouring hard to promote preventive health and spread the health message amongst the masses, for which the institute expanding collaboration with national and international universities, educational institutions and the World Health Organization to share each other experiences and launch joint programs of Research and development in the health sector. He stressed the need for educating the people and creating strong awareness regarding hygiene and preventive measures to build a healthy society.
Rector VUP Naseem Tariq in his remarks said the VUP had open heartedly offered collaboration to the IPH for promoting preventive health and to start joint ventures in research and education.
Prof Dr Masroor Elahi said that VUP has 0.2 million students which would be helpful for spreading health messages. There is a huge lack of cleanliness in our society and people totally ignored hygienic principles which are the teachings of Islam, he said,
Dean IPH Prof Dr Zarfishan Tahir was of the view that MOU between IPH and VUP would go a long way for collaboration in the field of graduate and postgraduate education, training and research activities. She maintained that this MoU would be a milestone for promoting preventive health by controlling disease spread through collective efforts of both the institutions.