Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry to get university status

This would be the first ever university of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science in Asia.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah announces upgrading the 150-year-old Institute to the level of a full-fledged university.


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Saturday announced to upgrade the 150-year-old Sir Cowasji Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to the level of a full-fledged university.

“This would be the first ever university of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science in Asia. The institute being the 150-year-old institute deserves to be a university located in the heart of the province, Hyderabad,” he said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of OPD Complex and Female Ward at Sir Cowasji Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The program was organized by Chairman Sindh Mental Health Authority Dr. Karim Khwaja. Minister University & Boards Ismail Rahu, Minister Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro, MPAs Dr. Sohrab Sarki, Jabbar Khan, and others were present.

Murad-Sir-Cowasjee-SindhCourierShah said that his father, then chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah had visited this institute in 1994 and had inaugurated a ward.

CM said that the mental health conditions include mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities as well as other mental states associated with significant distress, impairment in functioning, and risk of self-harm or risk to others.

Shah said: “the exposure to unfavorable social, economic, geopolitical, and environmental circumstances – including poverty, violence, inequality, and environmental deprivation – also increases people’s risk of experiencing mental health conditions.”

He said that local threats heighten the risk for individuals, families, and communities. “Global threats heighten the risk for whole populations which is economic problems, disease outbreaks, humanitarian emergencies, like floods, and forced displacement due to the growing climate crisis,” he said and added every single risk and protective factor has only limited predictive strength.

Murad-Sir-Cowasjee-SindhCourier-1Announcing to upgrade the Institute to the level of a state-of-art university, Chief Minister directed his Minister for U&B Ismail Rahu to get its legal formalities completed so that its charter could be passed by the assembly. “Meanwhile, work would be started,” he declared.

Mehran University Convocation


Speaking at 26th Convocation of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology at the University campus, Chief Minister that Pakistan in modern times has multiple challenges – the major challenge it faced was Economic constraints and at the same time catering to the needs of the young people who were unable to seek education, which made up a larger percentage of the country’s population.

The CM said that it was alarming to note that, amongst a population of 220 million, a very small percentage have access to University Level Education. “It is now our collective responsibility to prepare our students to play a pivotal role in the country’s socio-economic development in future times,” he said.

Earlier, Mr. Shah gave away degrees to the position holders of the university.

He congratulated Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, Members of the Senate and the Faculty of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), and MUET-Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Campus (Khairpur Mir’s), for holding the convocation.


The CM at the start of the visit of the Jamshoro chaired the 60th Parents Day of Petaro Cadet College. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that personality grooming, and character building were the most important ingredients of quality education.  “In our education system, the quality of education was normally measured through grades in board exams. (PR)


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  1. Administration in Hospital and Health Care Management, consultant Occupational Therapist,Speech Therapist working in Psychiatry rehabilitation.Jinnah Postgraduate Medical centre and Pak international Hospital DHA,Karachi .

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