KMU hosts 5th Convocation
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chancellor Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar Shah Farman has said that selfless service to suffering humanity brings peace and happiness and there is no substitute for it. The role that KMU is playing in providing competent and highly trained human resources in various fields to tackle health problems in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not only commendable but also worthy of imitation by other universities. He expressed these views while addressing the 5th Convocation of KMU as the chief guest.
In addition to the present vice chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq, the vice chancellor of King Edward Medical University Lahore Prof. Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal, former Vice Chancellors of KMU Prof. Dr. Muhammad Daud Khan, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hafeezullah, Prof. Dr. Arshad Javed, Registrar KMU Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Gandapur, Secretary Higher Education Department Muhammad Daud Khan, members of KMU senate, syndicate, deans clinical, basic, health profession education allied health sciences, faculty members, admin officers, parents and a large number of graduated students were present at the occasion.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Shah Farman said that the prominent position of medical profession in the society is due to the service of suffering humanity. He said that the people associated with medical profession are considered to be entitled to double rewards. These people are considered as respectable in the society due to their professional competence; therefore the spiritual peace they get through the service of suffering humanity is of no value.
The Governor said that you are the lucky ones who have been selected to serve the weak and sick humanity of the society for which you, your parents and teachers deserve congratulations. He praised the performance of KMU especially the financial discipline and hoped that the management of KMU would further focus on quality while increasing the number of new institutions. Earlier, the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa conferred degrees upon the 239 students of Ph.D, M.Phil, Masters and Bachelors while awarding gold medals to 105 graduates in different disciplines.
While presenting performance of the university the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq said that we are proud of the services rendered by KMU in its short history of 15 years by graduating thousands of graduates in various disciplines of health. He said that in addition to the increase seats in MBBS and BDS programs during the last couple of years, under KMU, specialists in the fields of basic medical sciences, public health, physiotherapy, nursing, paramedical sciences and health profession education are involved in medical services not only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but in the whole country.
He said that KMU is one of the few universities in the country which is financially stable due to strict financial discipline which has given us the opportunity to set up new institutes in remote districts of the province especially in the newly merged tribal districts. Regarding the challenges facing by the university Prof Dr. Zia Ul Haq said that the biggest challenge for us is confronting start of medical programs by various public and private general universities of the province going beyond their limits. He hoped that the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provincial government would take necessary steps to assist us in this regard.
He said that KMU is not only focusing on medical education and research but also through the establishment of mass vaccination center in addition to one million tests under the public health reference lab to tackle the Corona pandemic which is an honor for us. Referring to future plans, he said that we would soon be launching international standard laboratory facilities in all major cities of the province as well as a state-of-the-art physiotherapy and rehabilitation center where physiotherapy services would be provided at below market rates.
He hoped that the provincial government would increase the KMU's annual grant of Rs.5 million as per demand and need basis as well as keeping in view the overall performance of the university. Prof. Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal, Vice Chancellor, King Edward Medical University, Lahore also addressed the function. In the end the Governor awarded life time achievement awards to Prof. Dr. Muhammad Daud Khan, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hafeezullah, Prof. Dr. Arshad Javed, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Khattak, Prof. Dr. Jawad Ahmad Prof. Dr. Akhtar Shireen and Prof. Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal.