To realise the dream of a prosperous and developed Pakistan, we have no choice but to shake off the slumbers of ignorance and to spread knowledge to every nook and corner of the country.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor Barrister Masood Kausar stated this while addressing the first convocation ceremony of Women Medical College (WMC) Abbottabad on Tuesday. A total of 200 students of seven sessions, from year 2004 to 2010, were awarded degrees during the ceremony, which was attended in large by educationists and notables of the area, besides parents, students and faculty members.
Dr Chaman Ara, Dr Fatima Shahzadi, and Dr Muneera Naz were declared the “best graduates” for the sessions 2005, 2009 and 2010 respectively for achieving distinctions in all their respective annual exams. Similarly, high-achievers such as Dr Bushra Zafar, Dr Zainab Qadir, Dr Fakhira Naurin, and Dr Aneela Yasmeen were awarded gold medals for being adjudged the best graduates of the 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 sessions respectively.
In his address, the K-P governor said that the government is moving rapidly to provide better educational facilities to the young generation; “however, despite hectic efforts and after spending sufficient resources, we still have to go a long way to meet global standards of health and education.”
Referring to the role of private educational institutions in promoting higher learning, the governor said there cannot be any compromise on the quality of education. “Private educational institutes must never serve as mere sources of earning,” he added.
While laying emphasis on polio vaccination, the governor urged everyone to keep a vigilant eye in their surroundings and ensure that not a single child is deprived of polio drops under their influence. He expressed the hope that the doctors will opt for serving the people in the field of health rather than shifting over to other priorities.
Earlier, Khyber Medical University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Hafeezullah said that WMC is a leading institution in the private sector and the total strength of its affiliated institutions has reached to 29.
The university, he added, is actively engaged to ensure better opportunities of learning and research to students and for this purpose not only the examination system has been transformed in line with the present day needs but the curriculum is also being further developed.
WMC Principal Prof. Dr Zahir Shah said that the college started out 12 years back and offers teaching and research facilities both in medical and dental streams. Earlier, the governor awarded degrees and medals to the graduates.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.
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