PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that the socio-economic indicators are considered the basic barometers to determine the quality of life, which the citizens of any society enjoy across the world.
He said being a developing nation they despite hectic struggle and spending sufficient resources still had to go a long way to ensure desired standards particularly in respect of health and education .
Addressing the first convocation of the Women Medical College, Abbottabad, an institution working in the private sector on Tuesday, the governor said, “to realise the dream of prosperous and developed Pakistan, we have no other choice but to shake off the slumbers of ignorance and to spread knowledge to every nook and corner of the country .” The ceremony, vastly attended by educationists and elites of the town, besides parents of students and faculty members was also addressed by the Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Prof Dr Hafeezullah and the Principal of the College, Prof Dr Zahir Shah. In all 200 graduates of seven sessions, right from 2004 to 2010, Dr Chaman Ara, Dr Fatima Shahzadi and Dr Muneera Naz were declared the extra best graduates for the sessions 2005, 2009 and 2010 respectively for achieving distinctive positions in all their respective annual examinations. Similarly, Dr Bushra Zafar, Dr Zainab Qadir, Dr Fakhira Naurin and Dr Aneela Yasmeen were honoured with gold medals for being adjudged the best graduates of the sessions, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Prof Dr Hafeezullah said that the Women Medical College is the leading institution in the private sector which has preferred their University to get its affiliation and with which its total strength of constituent as well as affiliated institutions have reached to 29.
The university, he added, is actively engaged to ensure better opportunities of learning and research to students of medical profession and for this purpose not only the examination system has been transformed in line with the present day needs but the curriculum is also being further developed.   
Prof Dr Zahir Shah, Principal of the college welcoming the governor and the guests on this occasion said, that college started about 12 years ago offers teaching and research facilities both in medical and dental streams which places it at the unique position amongst its sister institutions in the private sector.   Presently, he added, the students are availing clinical facilities in two teachings hospitals of the town while a purpose built teaching hospital of its own will be shortly launched.
Similarly, he added, a complete IT system is also being started shortly which will enable the students to avail the facilities of universally available digitized libraries.
Earlier, the governor gave away degrees and medals to the graduates.