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Hyderabad’s Cowasjee Jehangir Psychiatry Institute to be separated from Liaquat Medical University

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has decided to separate Hyderabad’s Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro, ARY News reported.

The Sindh government on Saturday constituted a 10-member committee which would draft its recommendations for turning the psychiatry institute located in Hyderabad’s Latifabad locality into an autonomous body.

In this regard, the Services General Administration & Coordination Department of Government of Sindh has officially issued a circular notifying the formation of such a committee and its mandate.

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The Vice-Chancellor of LUMHS would head the committee whereas the nine other members belong to different educational, health and administrative departments.

The mental health institute, the largest of its kind in Pakistan, currently operates as Department of Psychiatry of LUMHS.

The institute was established circa 1865 during the British Raj, making it one of the earliest such institutes in the subcontinent and present-day Pakistan.

Originally designed with a capacity to house 500 patients, the asylum, locally known as Giddu, has seen its capacity drastically reduced over the years due to mismanagement and lack of funds.

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