FJDC hold 17th Convocation: VC Karachi University stressed on research and development in dentistry

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The result of the 17th Bath of BDS students as declared by the University of Karachi shows 97% success rate. 18 Gold medals were awarded to the graduates securing the highest marks in various subjects throughout the 4 years course. As many as 199 distinctions were granted to these students in various subjects during these 4 years at the University of Karachi Professional examinations. 12 shields were awarded to the top position holders in the four professional classes.
The top graduate of the 17th Convocation was Anum Iqbal Malik who secured 7 gold medals and 13 distinctions out of 16 subjects, apart from securing top positions in various annual examination.
The convocation was president over by the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaidar, who appreciated the contribution of Fatima Jinnah Dental College throughout these 22 years of affiliation to the Karachi University and four having graduated 1141 dentists when they were needed the most. He also appreciated the faculty development program of the college which has produced a large number of highly qualified postgraduate faculty with M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from his University as also MCPS, FCPS, MD, MS. From national and international institutions. He advised all such colleges to emulate this example.
He noted with satisfaction the number of research publication of this college and offered all facilities at the Karachi Univesity to the faculty to carry out research and post graduation.
The Chief Guest at this convocation is a living legend in the field of Dentistry who is none other than Prof. Dr. Issa Arain. He has a history of being head and principal of dental section and college at LMC Jamshoro for 25 years from 1972 to 1996 and Principal of Fatima Jinnah Dental College for 15 years from 1997 to 2011. This period of 40 years at the highest post is unmatched till today. He was also a member of the PMDC Council for 22 years in various capacity and guided the dental education policy to the level where it stands today.
He was given standing aviations by the faculty, administration, graduates and their parents, for his great contribution to dentistry in Pakistan.
The Principal Prof. Tasleem Hosein presented the annual report and mentioned Prof. Saqib Rashid has become a Diplomat Implant Dentistry of the International Congress of Implantologists. He is the second Pakistani dentist to have achieved this Honor.
Dr. Babur Ashra, Head Department of Orthodontics has been invited as an examiner by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This is indeed a great honor.
Dr. Uzman Shahbaz and Dr. Fauzia Rajput achieved their FCPS from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.
Dr. Faryal Abdullah Achieved her DCPS in Healthcare Systems and Management from the CPSP. She is also a graduate of this college like many others, whom we incorporate from our own graduates, as teachers.
The Dean Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. S. M. Abbas Hussain, administered the PMDC Oath to the graduates. Dr. S. Baqar Askary, Syed Hassan Askary and others are spoke on the occasion.