History of Taxila
The original name of Taxila was “Takshashila” meaning ‘City of Cut Stone’. Ancient Taxila is a renowned archeological site with a history dating back to the 6th century, BC. Since then, it has been a hub of different cultures including Gandhara, Buddhism, Greek, Mauryan, Kushan, Huns, and Islam. Its affluence in antique times resulted from its location at the intersection of the three great trade routes from eastern India, western Asia, Kashmir, and Central Asia. When these routes ceased to be important, the city sank into insignificance. It was lost to time for nearly 1000 years and was rediscovered in 1880 by Sir Alexander Cunningham and Sir John Hubert Marshall. The remains of the earliest Taxila are marked by the presence of stupas (Place used by monks to meditate) and statues. The five prominent stupas include Dharmarajika, Glen of Giri, Julian, Mohra Moradu, and Jandial. Statues of legendary people in history such as Alexander, the Great, and the eminent ruler Asoka was also found in the city of Taxila. It is interesting to note that part of the original Grand trunk road also passes through ancient Taxila.
Over a period of time, the present-day Taxila has emerged as a modern city, with all facilities including the establishment of the University of Engineering and Technology and the famous Taxila Museum. It is surrounded by Orchids which offers Oranges giving an exclusive culinary experience. The establishment of Mabila Resort at Khanpur dam is also an indicator of modernization. The age-old art of stone cutting has been transformed into modern-day Pottery, a skill which Taxila is famous for.
History of HITEC-IMS
The prettiest plume in the Hat of Taxila was the establishment of a Cantonment and Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) in 1971 as part of Pakistan’s Premier Defense industry. Soon this was followed by the development of Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC) under HIT, to cater to the educational needs of the local population. HITEC started with a junior and a senior school followed by the establishment of a college and a university offering masters and Ph.D. programs. Soon an engineering University was also established.
In the perusal of excellence in education, the Institute of Medical Sciences (HITEC-IMS) was established in 2016.
The institute comprises three different constituent Colleges & Schools:
Medical & Dental Colleges offer five & four year’s basics and clinical training leading to the degrees of MBBS & BDS respectively whereas the school of paramedics & allied health professionals offers two years of training for diplomas. Both Medical & Dental colleges are affiliated with the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS).
The first inspection of the medical college was carried out by PM & DC on 06 Dec 2016. The medical college was recognized for 100 MBBS students in Jan 2017. So far, four batches have been inducted. During the last PM & DC inspection in Jul 2019, the medical college achieved overall 75.4% marks and was placed in B+ cat (good performance).
Dental College was recognized two years later (in 2018) and 1st BDS Batch was inducted in Mar 2019. To date, two batches (48 & 50 students) have been enrolled.
The School of Paramedics, affiliated with Punjab Medical Faculty, was started in 2017, which presently offers two years of training in:
1. Radiology & Imaging technology
2. Operation Theater
3. Medical Laboratory
4. Dental Technology
5. Physiotherapy( in progress)
Till now, two batches have completed their courses successfully.