KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday emphasized on promoting awareness throughout the province about oral cancer.
He expressed his satisfaction that Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine (AIDM) was also engaged in the community and dentistry and charity by working in the localities of less privileged segment of the society, and increasing awareness about oral dental hygiene in the public sector schools.
” I request Principal of Altamash Institute, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Altamash to conduct a series of community activities for both urban and rural population to enhance awareness about oral cancer,” the Chief Minister said while addressing AIDM’s convocation-2016 here.
He noted that the disease of oral cancer was fast spreading in our over-pressed working force because of increasing use of betel nuts and tobacco related stimulants , which were easily available in the market. These were hazardous to health and had caused a serious concern for the nation as a whole.
He extended his commitment and possible help to the above national cause, and desired to save especially school going children from this menace.
We are a nation with our own distinct sense of traditions, history and social values and must preserve these while moving shoulder-to-shoulder with the advanced countries.
He urged the youth to work hard and make this country a true reflection of the beliefs and convictions in shaping the future of Pakistan.
He advised them to continue getting education. ” There is literally no end to seeking higher and advanced education,” he stressed.
He quoted father-of-the-nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s saying ” The price of greatness is a sense of responsibility.”
Syed Murad Ali Shah appreciated the contribution of AIDM in medical and social sectors. He hoped that the graduates from this institute would excel globally and bring home cutting edge knowledge and clinical skills currently being practiced in the developed world.
Addressing especially the students completing their four-year course, BDS, at AIDM, the Chief Minister said that as professional leaders they were much needed by the society in general and in medical profession in particular.
The youth has a vast reservoir of energy and idealism. They should fight the twin cures of diseases and poverty, he emphasized.
On this occasion, 160 graduate students were given degrees and 24 students gold and silver medals. The two top students of two benches would be honoured as Best Graduates.
Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser praised AIDM faculty and administration’s efforts, dedication and selfless commitment for fulfilling the academic needs of the graduating students during their studies.
He advised the students to use their academic knowledge and professional leadership qualities in the best interest of the nation.
There were no short-cut to success and you would have to face the challenges boldly while moving from one situation to another.
KU’s Vice Chancellor also spoke of the university. It was committed to render quality medical and dental education to the students of medicine who choose to adopt this noble profession as their life-long passion.
” We are cognizant of the high standards expected from us in imparting quality education to the students in pursuit of degrees from the University of Karachi,” he added.
He assured that the university would continue to work hard to get higher standards of education in the province and strive to earn good name for the university.
Principal of AIDM, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Altamash said that now the institute had grown to a premier dental institute with the cooperation and support of all the stakeholders including University of Karachi.
He informed that besides Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS), AIDM was successfully running postgraduate programme in FCPS training , which was recognised as major qualification by College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSP).
The institute was also conducting Master of Dental Science (MDS), M.Sc and M.Phil programmes in basic sciences and clinical subjects. All the training programmes had been recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), he said.
AIDM’s Principal said the institute had an international collaboration with Karolinska Institute in Sweden for Ph.D programmes. (Shuja ullah Khan, firstname.lastname@example.org)