382 graduating students awarded degrees at AKU Convocation
Some 382 fresh graduates belonging to different disciplines were awarded degrees at the 27th Convocation of Aga Khan University held here on Saturday at university's premises here on Saturday. They included 102 AKU Medical College graduates, 37 belonging to the university's master's programme, three PhDs in health sciences and 19 advanced diploma-holders.
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The AKU's Institute for Educational Development also awarded PhD (Education) degrees to three students and that of master's to 31 students. The School of Nursing and Midwifery presented its first batch of Post-RM Bachelor of Science in Midwifery graduates. These 21 graduates, five from each province of Pakistan and one from Afghanistan, were the first to receive a university degree in midwifery which was based on global standards set by the International Confederation of Midwives. They were flanked by 166 students, including 153 who received the BScN and Post-RN BScN degrees and 13 who got master's degrees.
Speaking as the chief guest, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Pakistan's first Academy and Emmy award winning (Documentary) filmmaker, urged the graduates "to make a choice, be relentless and you will walk away from life without regrets if you do." "Our nation shy away from discussing certain topics and issues that are very important for making the society healthy and prosperous," she opined.
President of Aga Khan University, Firoz Rasul, advised the graduates to seek opportunities present in the world that has been made smaller by instant communications and the world without borders. "With today's technology, a borderless age is an age of abundance. Knowledge is not only abundant; it is more accessible than it has ever been. And ultimately, it is the knowledge that allows us to develop in the way that we wish," he added.
He reminded the graduates that how each of them now "has a foot in the developing world ... and the global knowledge community" and could seize on this great opportunity to "connect the two worlds and translate between them" with even greater capacity to impact people's lives. In his valedictory speech, a student of Class of 2014, Ali Hasan, said: "Our institution prides itself not only on its high standards of education, but also on never compromising on its adherence to a moral and ethical code." Similar sentiments were expressed by Kiran Salim Reimoo and Dr Aliza Hussain, the recipients of the best graduate awards, belonging to School of Nursing and Midwifery and the AKU Medical College.