Peshawar: The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chancellor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has stated that the country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular were going through severe challenges especially health problems reflecting into poverty, increase in burden of diseases and needless deaths and called upon the medical universities to play a vital role in the growth of knowledge, management of resources, eradication of poverty, improving health status, reducing burden of diseases and harnessing economic development of the country.
He was addressing the 1st convocation of the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar on Thursday. Vice Chancellor of KMU Prof. Dr. Hafeezullah, Registrar Dr. Fazal Mahmood, KMU deans and faculty members, vice chancellors of all the public sector universities, principals of all the public and private medical colleges, students, parents and a large number of former KMU officers and contributors attended the convocation.
The governor said he felt delighted to observe achievements of the Khyber Medical University in a short period since its inception in 2007 and its contribution towards improvement of the basic medical sciences, which were greatly appreciable. He said the KMU had gained recognition of a model medical university, innovative, distinctive and excelling at what it is doing.
He said it was very encouraging to note that the KMU even in its budding phase had grown rapidly to have seven constituent and 28 affiliated institutes, imparting quality education to undergraduate and postgraduate students in various disciplines of medical, nursing, paramedics, physiotherapy and medical education.
Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan said the convocation ceremony was one of the most memorable events in student’s lives and that come at the end of a long journey of academic and social activities. He said this Convocation had a special significance as it was a day of milestones, and a day of celebration transforming the event into a history, as the University marks the graduating ceremony of its first set of alumni.
He said he believed that in the years ahead those graduating students would make their university, their families, their communities and their country proud of them as doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, putting their share into the development of their country and betterment of their people.
The governor expressed gratitude to Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah Vice Chancellor of the KMU, the faculty and staff of KMU for their commitment to the success of the students, services rendered and research output; pivoting around excellence to make an impact on the quality of life of the people they serve.
He said the KMU being the only public sector medical university in the province had the huge responsibility of fulfilling the expectations of the government, public, policy makers, and patients to find solutions that would empower them to overcome the obstacles in the healthcare delivery system and capacity vacuum.
He said it was a time to look back to all that had brought them to that point, and to look ahead to the fulfilment of their ambitions. “It is the time to recognize both individual excellence and the communal investments that enables us to flourish and lead our societies to create better lives for all in this rapidly changing world”, the governor added.
The governor also urged the graduates who got degrees and gold medals to be aware of the fact that the time had come to payback the debt they owed to their people, province, and country.
He said,” go ahead, and create a world that will be different, much better than yesterday and create a happy and healthy world”. He also congratulated all the graduates on their hard work and their parents who were present to witness that great moment in lives of their children.
Vice Chancellor of KMU Prof. Dr. Hafizullah presented welcome address and threw light on the achievements of the university and its future objectives. He also identified the post graduate fields of basic medical sciences in which the university was gaining successes and vowed to put increased share in the reduction of health related issues. He announced that very soon the KMU would be able to award PhD degrees in many basic medical science subjects.
Earlier, the governor awarded degrees to 188 graduates from all the KMU basic sciences institutions and gold medals to 119 graduates. In overall student Khush Bakht received 15 gold medals while Syed Hashim Ali Shah got 9 gold medals. Similarly Nargis Jabeen and Shumaila got 6 gold medals each and Ambar Kazmi received 3 gold medals.
The governor also presented KMU mementos to 23 personalities on their contributions towards the cause of the university. The recipients also included two former health ministers and health secretaries. The governor was also presented seven journals so far printed by the KMU basic sciences institutions. The convocation souvenir was also presented to the governor.