KARACHI: At the annual convocation of the Aga Khan University (AKU), 13 graduates were conferred degrees of Master of Science (epidemiology and biostatistics), 22 Master of Science (health policy and management), five Master of Health in professional education and three advance diploma in health profession education here on Sunday.
There were 95 graduates who obtained degrees in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and 11 Diploma in Dental Hygiene and took the oath.
From the Institute of Education Development (IED), graduates were awarded 12 degrees of Master of Philosophy (Education), 22 Master of Education while 12 from Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization (London, UK) also got their degrees. Scores of Chitralis were also among the graduates, including Ibadur Rehman, MPhil; Ms Sana, dental hygiene, and Ms Samina from the Institute for Study of Muslim Civilization, London.
Dr Ramla Nadeem gave the valedictory speech covering the glimpse of educational environment at the AKU.
The convocation started with the procession of the achievers into the venue. Mr. Munnawar Hamid, Chairman Linde Pakistan and Silkbank Limited, declared the ceremony open.
Mr. Feroz Rasul, President AKU, delivered his welcome address and highlighted the milestone achieved by the AKU in every discipline of healthcare and took the university as an innovator and creator of now knowledge.
He congratulated and appreciated the students and their parents for their hard work. He said the AKU had broken many records in health and this had become possible only by the philanthropic support. He also highlighted the pluralistic approach of AKU and referred to Prince Karim Aga Khan who was taking pluralism as an opportunity not a threat.
Dr. Carlr Amrhein, Provost AKU, introduced the chief guest, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair. The governor said backed by the great Aga Khan the AKU was providing quality education the world over. He congratulated the graduates and appreciated the efforts of their parents and teachers. He said a programme would be arranged at the Governor House for the high achievers.
Mr. Firoz Rasol and Dr Carlr conferred degrees on 11 graduates of Master of Science in Nursing, 40 students received Post RN, Bachelor of Science in nursing. Total 118 graduates received the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The students took oath after receiving their degrees.
At the end of the ceremony, the best graduate award was given and Mr. Munnawar Hamid who declared the ceremony closed.