Education is the need of every society, but in Pakistan unfortunately this need has long been ignored. It has remained a low priority-especially in higher education. The visionaries of Shifa International Hospitals Ltd., Shifa Foundation and Tameer-e-Millat Foundation realized the need for an intervention and innovation, and thus the idea of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU) was born. STMU is jointly sponsored by all three of these organizations. It was envisaged and planned to be a Federally Chartered, multi-disciplinary, multi- campus university.
The first campus of STMU is planned to be constructed in Islamabad and will house state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. STMU is to be a non-profit university set up in the private sector to impart education in health and other sciences. Its Chancellor, Dr. Mohammad Ata was elected by the Chancellor Election Council from amongst its members comprising all members of the Board of Governors of Shifa Foundation and Tameer-e-Millat Foundation along with all the members of the Board of Directors of Shifa International Hospitals, Ltd.
On January 16, 2012, the Lower House of Parliament passed the Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Bill unanimously. Chief Whip Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah moved the bill entitled 'The Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Bill, 2011'. Lawmaker Ahsan Iqbal speaking on a point of order paid rich tribute to the founder of Tameer-e-Millat Foundation and Shifa International Hospitals. Ltd., Dr Zaheer Ahmad (Late), who initiated the process for setting up the university. He lauded his services in the education and health sector of Pakistan.
The Senate also passed the Act on February 10, 2012. President Asif Ali Zardari accorded his assent to Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Act 2012. He expressed the hope that the University would also focus on teachers' training programs and their capacity building. He said that in view of the critical role of teachers in building human capital there was a dire need to focus on teacher training.
To work, within parameters of the charter, to create and disseminate knowledge in the fields of Health, Engineering, Business, Basic and Social Sciences and other emerging fields in order to contribute to the process of nation building in keeping with our religious, historical and cultural ethos.
To equip upcoming generations with intellectual, social and scientific knowledge and skills in varied academic disciplines at par with international standards by establishing state of the art academic research facilities and provision of highly qualified teaching faculty.