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26th convocation of the Aga Khan University (AKU)

Last Updated: December 21, 2013

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The major milestone in the histroy of Aga Khan university the 26th convocation of the Aga Khan University (AKU)

The 26th convocation of the Aga Khan University (AKU) on Thursday was a special one, as students and faculty celebrated several milestones, including the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the university as well as the silver jubilee of the first graduating batch of its medical college.

The ceremony began with the procession, led by Dr Rafat Jan, director of the midwifery programmed at the AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, carrying the university blazon. The graduating students, chief guest Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, AKU President Firoz Rasul and the faculty followed as the university’s age-old processional music, composed by Kabir Roy, blared from the speakers.

The university’s chancellor, His Excellency Prince Karim Aga Khan officially opened the celebrations. In his inaugural speech, His Excellency announced plans to establish seven new professional graduate schools pertaining to liberal arts to add to the university’s existing setup.

According to AKU president said “the university that had started from a single campus in Pakistan had now grown to include five campuses and three teaching sites in three different continents — Asia, Europe and Africa. The university boasts over 10,000 alumni in various fields of medicine, nursing, education and liberal arts. “We are proud of the role our graduates play in improving the quality of life of societies in the developing world,” said Rasul Firoz

There were a number of total 367 degrees were conferred on students, which was a memorable day for all graduates who were dressed in the traditional green and white convocation robes. They were graduating from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Medical College, the Institute for Educational Development and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization. Seven of the students walked away with doctorates and five exceeded in the health sciences and two in education.

The graduate have given their feed back and also shared their experience according to some students as they share their ideas One of the bright graduate Maryam Baqir, who graduated from the AKU’s medical college, summed up the graduates’ expressing her feelings in her speech. “Let us thank our parents, partners, family members and teachers who enabled us to join the league of individuals who hold the highest principles of medical profession today,” she remarked.

The valedictorian, nevertheless, gave voice to her concerns about living in a society that justified unequal distribution of rights and privileges based on one’s material wealth. “Unfortunately, we, too, are beneficiaries of this skewed system,” said Baqir. “With a sense of humility and guilt, as well as a desire for redemption, we vow to give back to those from whom we took in the first place.” Another graduate Tooba Ali , the recipient of the best graduate award in Bachelors of Medicine express her ideas as she states

In her opinion is that the public sector should come forward with a parallel commitment towards healthcare. “The AKU sets the bar high with emphasis on its world-class curriculum and technique, which should be followed by the others,”

The graduating students

There were a total of 98 doctors graduated this year from the AKU’s medical college,. Meanwhile, 14 students received their MSc degrees, including   8 in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics, four in health policy and management and one each in clinical research and health professions education. The college has also awarded advanced diplomas to 20 students, and including 13 in human development 07 of them were in health professions education. There were around 205 students successfully became certified nurses from the AKU’s School of Nursing. Meanwhile, the AKU’s Institute for Educational Development awarded 23 post-graduate degrees in education. There were also another nine post-graduate degrees were conferred on the students at its Institute for the Study of Muslim Culture.

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