Education plays vital role in changing society: Governor
He was addressing the Convocation 2012 of Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, one of the most prestigious institutions of the country, at the Convocation Hall of University of Peshawar on Saturday. In all more than 170 graduates, Abid Ali with five different distinctions achieved the coveted award of the college for being declared the best student of the session while Adil Parvez bagged three distinctions. Similarly Hajra Zainab and Sara Azam Shah with two distinctions each and Misbah Manzoor, Sidra Afridi, Sidra Beg, Shahzad Khan, Bilal Ahmad, Ahmad Arsalan, Muhammad Asif and Abdul Haseeb Qazi each with single distinctions were also awarded gold medals.
The Governor on his own behalf also announced cash awards of Rs 20,000 and Rs10,000 for girls and boys for their each distinctive positions. The ceremony was also addressed by the Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Prof. Dr. Hafeezullah and the Principal of the college, Prof Dr. Sultan Mahmood. MPA Mr. Atif-ur- Rehman was also present on the occasion. The Governor who is also the Chancellor of the public sector Universities in the province reminded the students that they had chosen a field which demands missionary zeal and spirit to serve the humanity remaining above all kinds of considerations and having availed the opportunities of studying in prestigious institutions like this one, they are rightly expected to come up to the expectations.
Appreciating the working of the college, the Governor said, this is an institution which we can present to the world as symbol of pride from amongst the medical institutions of the country and it indeed has been making outstanding contributions to promotion of medical education and healthcare at the national level and deserves to be fully supported.
This mother institution of its nature in the province, he added, has been serving as nursery in providing healthcare professionals and intellectuals whose services and capabilities are second to none not only in the province and country but at the international level too. He also paid tributes to the Former Prime Minister, Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto for her services to the college and said being her companion it always gives him extra satisfaction to contribute for betterment of this college.
Referring to certain points raised by the Principal of the College in the annual report, the Governor pointed out that during general debriefings on education sector reforms two years back, he came across the state of challenges, which the system of medical education has been facing and the state of this college was also exceptional.
Today, he remarked, great deal of progress in bringing improvement in its working, is a source of great satisfaction. The timely initiatives of the government and college management in rehabilitation and improvement of this institution are indeed appreciable, he added.
As far as provision of additional land for promotion of sports facilities and residential accommodation are concerned, the Governor said, every possible step will be taken to materialize their requests. He also announced a grant of rupees one million for welfare services of the college. Earlier, the Governor gave away degrees and awards to the graduates.