Nishtar Medical University

History of NMU

History of NMU

The idea of establishing a medical teaching institution in Multan was first forwarded by Dr. Mohammad Jamal Bhutta in 1945. At that time, there was only one medical college in Punjab, that is, the King Edward Medical College in Lahore. The ratio of Muslim students in this college was very low. After the birth of Pakistan on the 14th of August, 1947, the Hindu doctors migrated to India. There was need for more doctors for the health care of people. The government of the Punjab decided to establish a new medical college and hospital at Multan. On 31st December 1950, at a largely attended public meeting held at Lahnge Khan’s Garden adjoining the Civil Hospital Multan, the Governor of the Punjab Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar made the announcement of the decision by the government of Punjab to establish a medical college and hospital at Multan. It was named as Nishtar Medical College and Hospital to honor Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. A donation of 1.815 million rupees was presented to the governor by the people of Multan for the construction of the college. This donation increased to 3.3 million rupees later on.


Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar laid the foundation stone of the college on 28th April 1951. The construction work for the college started on 10th July 1951, when the ground was first broken to dig up the foundation on the south west corner of the Anatomy department. The eminent names of founders of Nishtar are:
1Sardar Abdur Rab NishtarThe Governor of Punjab.
2Dr. Muhammad Jamal BhuttaFounder principal responsible for planning, development, organization and administration of Nishtar Medical College.
3Dr. Colonel S.M.K. MallickDirector General Health Services, Punjab.
4Mr. Inyat Ullah Khan (I.U Khan)Commissioner, Multan Division.
5Mr. Inam Ullah KhanSuper intendenting Engineer, Building department.
6Mr. Ismail ShahExecutive Engineer.
7Mr. Allauddin ArshadSecretary, Medical and Local Government, Government of the Punjab.
8Mr. Habib J. SomjeeArchitect for the college building.
9Mr. Murat KhanArchitect for the hospital building.


  • Foundation stone of the College was laid by Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar on 28th April 1951.
  • Construction of the Nishtar Hospital block started in 1953.
  • On 1st of October, 1953, Nishtar Hospital started functioning with 80 beds.
  • Inauguration ceremony was held on the 1st of October, 1951 by the then commissioner Mr. Inamullah Khan.
The First Batch52 Students
Currently Over325 Students per year
1st MBBS Batch GraduatedMay, 1956

History of Nishtar Medical College/University

Hospital & Allied InstitutesEstablished/Upgraded
Nishtar Hospital           Started with 80 Beds
Currently over                  1700 Beds
Dental Section1974
Nishtar Institute of Dentistry2009
Nishtar Medical UniversityMay, 2017
College/School of Nursing3-6-2005
Pak-Italian Modern Burn UnitInauguration Dec 2005
Functional 16th Nov 2016
College of Allied Health SciencesApproved on 23rd June 2019
Pakistan Health Research Center14th Nov 1979

Founders of Nishtar Medical College & Hospital