The Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has called for an increase in investment in healthcare and health education sectors, said a press release.
He said this at the 2nd convocation of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU) held here on Saturday. STMU conferred MBBS degrees on as many as 94 students, Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) on 47 and Bachelors of Science in Nursing Post-RN (BSN Post-RN) on 20 students.
Dr Ahmed was the chief guest on the occasion, while STMU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan presided over the convocation.
Parents of the graduating students, faculty and the university management attended the event.
Congratulating the graduating students, Ahmed stressed on the importance of the field of medicine. He said, “We need to invest heavily in healthcare and health education sectors to make a meaningful headway in making this country economically prosperous.”
“Pakistan, today, stands at the crossroad of its history with large and overwhelming segment of our population comprising the youth. If trained and educated properly, and with relevant professional skills and values, we can use their potential to transform this country into a flourishing economy at par with the developed world,” Ahmed remarked.
Earlier, Khan also congratulated the graduating students, their parents and faculty members.
He urged students to play an active role in the field of medicine and serve with compassion, professionalism and empathy. Four MBBS students were awarded gold medals for outstanding academic performance.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2015.