PESHAWAR: The Khyber Paktunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan has commended the commencement of postgraduate and M.Phil programme and establishment of Central Research Laboratory at the Khyber Girls Medical College, Peshawar under the supervision of the Khyber Medical University and stated that the initiatives would definitely promote the innovations in advanced biomedical research in the field of medical education.
He was addressing medical graduates, their parents and faculty members during a grand function arranged on the occasion of the 2nd convocation of Khyber Girls Medical College, Peshawar on Saturday. The function was also attended by MPA and former minister health Shawkat Ali Yousafzai, Vice Chancellor of Khyber Medical University Prof. Dr. Hafizullah, Registrar Dr. Fazle Mabood, Principal Khyber Girls Medical College, Prof. Dr. Abid Hussain and principals of all the KMU recognized medical colleges.
The governor said it was a matter of great pleasure and satisfaction that within a short period the Khyber Girls College had set traditions of excellence, self-confidence and competence among its students with focus on meaningful learning. He said the KGMC had succeeded in achieving the respect in the society both in the academic and co-curricular activities. He said though it was a nascent medical institute but he was sure that it would prove itself to be one of the best centers of learning in health sciences.
The governor said increase in the number of seats in the Khyber Girls Medical College from 50 to 100, developing module based integrated curriculum and adoption of the latest teaching methodologies i.e problem based learning (PBL) were appreciable steps taken by the institution.
He assured that the issues of restoration of admission quota for the children of the teaching and non-teaching staff and establishment of residential colony for the staff of KGMC would be taken up with the provincial government on priority basis.
He emphasized that it was mandatory to maintain high moral and professional standards, to enhance professional knowledge and skills and to stick to ethics and above all the commitment to serve the ailing humanity.
The governor said the society had great expectations from the young medical graduates and expressed the hope that those graduates would definitely come up to those expectations. The governor announced Rs. 1 million grant to the staff welfare society of the KGMC and Rs. 10,000/- each to the students obtaining gold medals on getting top positions in their examinations. The governor promised that he would direct the quarters concerned to provide laptops to the brilliant students of the KGMC.
Earlier, principal of the KGMC presented annual report of the college and disclosed that dental section would also be inaugurated soon in the KGMC. He said the KGMC had got 4 out of 5 top positions among the students of all the medical colleges of the province.
Later, the governor awarded degrees and gold medals to the medical graduates. As a whole 67 graduates were awarded MBBS degrees while 23 students got gold medals. Student Dr. Munazza Ayub got 8 medals and was declared the best student of the year in the KGMC.