Pakistan Navy established Bahria Colleges at Islamabad and Karachi in late eighties. These Colleges were aimed at providing uninterrupted education to the children of naval personnel on their transfer from one station to another up to intermediate level. Due to high quality education and disciplined environment, these colleges soon joined the ranks of top institutions and became the first choice of parents. This success encouraged Pakistan Navy to contribute further to the cause of promotion of education at the National level and to take a humble start as Bahria Institute of Management and Computer Sciences with evening classes at Bahria Colleges in 1995. Over the years, these institutes have grown in size and facilities, leading to the launch of Bahria University, Federally Chartered Public Sector University established through Presidential Ordinance V/2000 on 7th February 2000. In a short span of time,Bahria University is ranked among the top Universities of Pakistan, having over 10000 students at Campuses, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Since then, Bahria University has always endeavored to introduce disciplines of national significance to its portfolio such as, Engineering, Law, Psychology, Earth and Environment Sciences and Bahria University Medical and Dental College equipped with state of the art facilities.
BAHRIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE
The Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) was started in the second half of 2008 with the induction of experienced and highly qualified faculty members for different departments under the guidance of Rector, Vice Admiral Farooq Rashid HI(M). High quality teaching tools were procured and all the laboratories were established. The academic journey started with the first batch of first year medical students in 2008. Admiral Noman Bashir NI(M) Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated BUMDC on 29th January 2009.
Under the guidance of Rector Vice Admiral (Retd) Mohammad Haroon HI (M) the college moved forward at the old campus on Stadium Road, the Bahria University Karachi Campus. By the Grace of Allah Almighty and under the dynamic guidance and leadership of Rector Vice Admiral (Retd) Shahid Iqbal HI(M), BUMDC moved forward with increased number of students and faculty to the new site. Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI (M) Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated the new campus, a state of art, purpose built medical and dental college building with all facilities to the students and teachers, located adjacent to PNS-Shifa, on 29th January 2013. Throughout all these years the higher hierarchy was assisted by the vigilant vision of the pioneer Dean Health Sciences and Principal BUMDC Professor Dr. Syed Tipu Sultan during his specified tenure. Now this task has been handed over to Brigadier (Retd) Prof. Dr. Shaheen Moin. She is pursuing all the policies elegantly with a touch of innovation to further raise the standard of this esteemed institution.
The allocated college budget for 2013- 14 was over 238 million rupees. The medical college building has 7 floors, with the first 5 floor housing the medical college and the top 2 floors housing the dental section. There are 5 lecture halls each with a capacity of 150 seats. There is a beautiful auditorium with a seating capacity of 500. All lecture halls have teaching aids such as multimedia,sound systems and are air conditioned. There are fully equipped laboratories, museums, dedicated teaching rooms for small group teaching and a well equipped skills laboratory. BUMDC strictly follows the curriculum specified by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. However it is modernized to modular system by including strategies like problem based learning and interactive learning. Teaching of Behavior Science and Medical Ethics are given special emphasis to foster moral values and performance in BUMDC graduates. Student`s clinical teaching takes place in PNS-SHIFA, a tertiary care hospital, well run and well equipped with departments of Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Urology as well as a very busy General Surgery Department. The hospital also has a Coronary Care Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, a Dialysis unit, Orthopedics unit, Rehabilitation unit and an Emergency room with a dedicated minor operating theatre.
The clinical faculty consists of a combination of qualified and experienced civilian and naval academicians selected on their ability, knowledge and commitment to teaching. Students are taught in small group of 3-4 and attached to a clinician whom students shadow and who teaches them as he/she fulfills clinical care, surgery and medical procedures. The students thus get hands on learning from experienced physicians and surgeons.
BUMDC in 2014 has inducted its seventh batch of MBBS with 150 students and third batch of BDS with 50 students. The first batch of MBBS doctors graduated in December 2013. The graduation ceremony was held on 3rd March 2014. The second batch graduated in December 2014 and their graduation ceremony was held on 21st May, 2015. These graduates continued their further clinical training as house job in PNS-SHIFA Hospital.
Bahria University Medical and Dental College is listed in the international Avicenna Directory and International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Thus BUMDC graduates can pursue their further education and training in USA, UK and other countries.
Professional development of faculty is a very important component of teaching and learning which is catered at BUMDC throughout the year by workshops. BUMDC strongly encourages research culture among the students as well as faculty. Publication of a medical journal is another salient achievement of BUMDC. It provides a good platform to both faculty and students to express their work and achievements. Bahria University is also promoting research culture by giving cash awards for original research workpapers. Establishment of multidisciplinary research laboratory and post-graduate degree program in basic medical sciences are projects of the near future that are progressing with full support and cooperation under the leadership of the present Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz HI (M).