Overview of INSTITUTE OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES (IAHS)
Located at the picturesque site near Foy’s Lake, IAHS, USTC had opened up a new horizon for the quality medical and modern biomedical technology education in the country. The primary objective of establishing IAHS was to improve the quality and standard of education in science and technology with special emphasis on medical and biomedical science. It also aims at developing human resources at home and in the developing countries with special emphasis on the South Asia..
Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) was founded by National Professor Dr Nurul Islam, an iconic figure in the field of medical education in Bangladesh, South Asia and the world. It had a modest beginning in 13 May 1989 with 42 students. It continued to function as an Institute under University of Chittagong till early 1992.
Since inception, IAHS offered Community Oriented Medical Education (COME), aligned with Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council guidelines. IAHS developed its course curriculum to produce health care providers who could address community health needs, the needs of the family and the individual, and disseminated information about new ideas gathered by practice.
Students had scheduled community activities, visited communities from the pedagogic years through internship. They worked in urban and rural settings with physicians and a variety of social and political leaders to learn about family and community organizations and local health infrastructure, conducted community surveys, they identified health problems and focused on cost-effective strategies.
IAHS maintained collaborations with different government and non-government health organizations. Every year students visited health-related institutes like Institute of Public Health, Institute of Public Health Nutrition, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Infectious Disease Hospital, TB and Leprosy Hospital, Institute of Maternal and Child Health, in order to observe infrastructure, existing facilities and health care delivery system.
Most of the IAHS research programs monitored and evaluated health status, facilities available in rural community and urban slums; an initiative was to improve health status of the Chittagong slums. Other priority health issues included family planning, breast-feeding promotion, malaria prevention and STD prevention.
IAHS was committed to improve health status of the community, faculties organized primary health care training programs for school teachers, religious leaders etc. Several seminars were offered in Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Research Methodology, Teaching Methodology and
University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) was established by National Professor Dr Nurul Islam as a private University soon after Private University Act 1992 came into force when IAHS became its constituent body under Faculty of Medicine.
Janasheba Foundation was the sponsoring organization of USTC and National Professor Dr Nurul Islam was appointed as the President of USTC by the Chancellor of the Universities and President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Since then USTC had started functioning with two Faculties, namely Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Basic Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) was accorded recognition by Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council on 12 July 1990 and Chittagong University allowed students to be enrolled and appear in the first professional examination in 1991.
Subsequent continuity of visits by several dignitaries from home and abroad progressively enhanced the reputation of the organization..
Source of Fund
Over and above the donations received from some philanthropists, Janasheba Foundation and Anwara-Nur Welfare Trust, admission fee, tuition fee, and other charges have been the financial resources of the institution so far.
Janasheba Foundation, the sponsoring agency of IAHS, was formed and registered with the Societies Act XXI of 1860 in 1991 with National Professor Dr Nurul Islam as its Founder Chairman. Activities of the Foundation include Community Health, Social Welfare and Technical Education. IAHS is thus a logical outcome of this programme.