The Third Convocation of the Bahria University Medical & Dental College, Karachi was held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11 am to award MBBS degree to those students of the third batch 2010-2015, who were declared successful. The students were awarded Gold and Silver Medals,Certificatesand MBBS degree by theChief Guest, Mrs. SairaAfzalTarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. The Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (Retd) TanveerFaiz HI (M)also graced the occasion with his presence.
This auspicious occasion was attended by Senior Naval Officers from PNS SHIFA, Eminent Educationists, Principals of various Medical and Dental Colleges of Karachi, Principals and Chair persons of affiliated Medical and Dental Colleges of Bahria University, distinguished guests and the graduating students.
The academic procession was led proudly by the Registrar Bahria University,Rear Admiral
Dr Mohammad Javeed Khan HI (M) and entered the convocation hall gracefully at 11am. The Naval band enthusiastically beat the tunes of national anthem that was followed by the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
The Rector Bahria University,Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz HI (M) in his welcome address said that universities have the great responsibility of producing quality graduates who could contribute positively in various fields. He highlighted that Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) is designed to be a state of the art Medical College with an excellent, well qualified and experienced faculty in all the departments and a Medical Education department, dedicated specially to quality education and faculty development at BUMDC. He appreciated the entire team, the Dean Health Sciences and the Principal Brig. (Retd) Prof Dr. Shaheen Moin and the zealous faculty of Bahria University Medical and Dental College that stands as a testament to this commitment. He also briefed the audience about the institutional tools available for scholastic inquiry, training and research at Bahria Medical and Dental College.
The Rector Bahria University congratulated the students and their parents and wished them a prosperous future. He also expressed pride that students had strived very hard to acquire knowledge and skills at par with international standards. He encouraged the students who wished to pursue their profession abroad to attempt USMLE and other examinations in their final and pre-registration years. He applauded that teaching modalities at BUMDC are designed in such a way that the graduates can be absorbed in all international programs.
On the request of registrar, conferment of degrees was carried out by the Chief Guest, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. Principal BUMDC and Dean Health Sciences Brig. (Retd) Prof Dr. Shaheen Moin conducted the oath taking ceremony. In total 91 students were awarded the MBBS degree.Dr. Maria Riffat was declared the best graduate of the batch with 11 distinctions and received the Gold Medal Award.She secured highest marks in the subjects of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry,General Pathology, Special Pathology, ENT, Eye and Paediatrics. Dr.Miznah Hasham Khan Ansari was declared second with 10 distinctions and received the Silver Medal Award. She secured highest marks in the subjects of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, General Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Special Pathology and ENT.
The Chief Guest, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination while speaking on the occasion congratulated the students and their parents on their splendid success and said that this degree is only the first milestone of a very long learning road map that lies ahead of the graduates. She said that illiteracy is the greatest hindrance to our country’s prosperity and economic growth. She appreciated Pakistan Navy for striving to win the war against illiteracy, beside defending and safeguarding the sea frontiers of the country. She assured the audience that the Government of Pakistan is determined to improve medical education and health care facilities in Pakistan.
The signing out ceremony marked the end of the convocation day. Each graduate in the presence of the parents/guardian“signed-out”in the register which he/she had “signed- in” at the beginning of the MBBS in BUMDC.