The field of Biomedical Sciences encompasses both biology and medicine to solve human health issues. PAF IAST, Haripur is the first institute in KP to establish the Department of Biomedical Sciences, with learning and research focus on various aspects of medical sciences, ranging from a fundamental understanding of the molecular basis of the cell and their interactions to highly advanced areas of knowledge related to the understanding of human pathologies. It is the first of its kind department in the country to offer a dual degree in the field of biomedical sciences in collaboration with Austrian Institutions. Most importantly, the department is chiefly committed to producing graduates with exceptional and individualized educational experience, amply skilled to solve problems related to biomedical science. It is uniquely the only Biomedical Science Department in the country with plans for close collaboration with medical research institutions and industries. The student-centered practical-based teaching methodology to be followed will ensure enhanced learning. We aim to field in the service of society graduates of high merit and capability with the capacity and passion to make new discoveries and advancements in the diagnosis and therapeutics of human diseases. We also expect our graduates to bring about improvements in emerging biomedical technologies such as medical imaging, wearable devices, assistive technologies, cell and tissue engineering, molecular diagnostics, personalized medicine, regenerative and Nanomedicines, stem cells, and cell reprogramming, and more.
A biomedical scientist has multifarious career paths after completion of Bachelor of Science in biomedical science: Biomedical Scientist, Drug Developer, Researcher, Professor, Nanotechnologist, Neuroscientist, Cytologist, Pathologist, Bioentrepreneur, Geneticist, Gerontologist, Molecular Biologist, Immunologist, Laboratory Technician, Crime Scene Investigator, Community Health Educator, Dietician, Endocrinologist, Biotechnician, Medical Technology Developer, Naturopath, Toxicologist, Parasitologist, Medical Sales Representative, and Medical Science Liaison person and so on.
PAF IAST is nestled in natural mountains that flank its campus from all sides, offering one even the ravishing view of snow-capped peaks of Nathiagali and natural winding trails. To its north-west is Tarbela Lake, a journey of only a few kilometers from the campus. Set in the middle of the campus is a natural lake, fed by the springs of surrounding mountains. The campus is just a 3-kilometer drive from the Hazara Motorway. The ideal setting equally conducive to academic activity and aesthetic sensibilities of the human eye is a serene island of its own kind, far from the chaos, congestion, and cacophony of metropolitan culture. The major cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila, and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.
This institute is an emerging center of excellences, with its own technology park. All faculty members hold PhD degrees in appropriate disciplines. By virtue of its wide array of facilities and the facilitation for its students to learn and benefit both from classroom teaching and faculty trained at premier Austrian universities/institutions, the institution is ideally cut out for imparting state-of–the-art engineering and allied education in Pakistan. The institute enjoys close linkages with top ranking universities in Austria and China. We have already concluded with them formal agreements regarding student and faculty exchange programs, provision of dual degrees in certain areas, and the training support from foreign faculty. cities like Islamabad, Abbottabad, are just an hour’s drive, while small towns like Wah, Hasanabadal, Taxila and Swabi can be reached in just half an hour.
There is a strong synergetic relationship between academia and industry which paves the way for job opportunities for students even in the midst of their studies. PAF IAST will serve as a welcome platform for the industry to share their requirements for a skilled workforce. This will enable the institute to incorporate their valuable inputs in practical vocational training and expose the students to industrial perspectives
It will be a mandatory requirement for every student to do an internship every semester in an appropriate industry. This will garner them practical experience related to their respective degree programs. To crown it all, Technology Park will afford them rare opportunities to apply themselves innovatively and become promising entrepreneurs.
Different types of local and foreign scholarship opportunities are available on need and merit base.