Islamabad - Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU) conferred degrees on as many as 94 MBBS, 47 bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) and 20 bachelors of science in nursing post-RN (BSN Post-RN) students in its 2nd convocation here on Saturday.

Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed was the chief guest of the convocation. Vice Chancellor STMU Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan presided over the convocation.

Parents of the graduating students, faculty and the university management attended the event. The 12th batch of Shifa College of Medicine and 8th batch of Shifa College of Nursing passed out in the convocation.

Dr Mukhtar congratulated the passing students and stressed on the importance of field of medicine.

He said, “We need to invest heavily in healthcare and health education sectors to make a meaningful headway in making this country economically prosperous. Pakistan, today, stands at the crossroads of its history with large and overwhelming segment of our population comprising youth.  If trained and educated properly with relevant professional skills and values, we can use their potential to transform this country to a flourishing economy at par with the developed world.”

Earlier Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan also congratulated the graduating students, their parents and faculty. He urged upon the students to play an active role in the field of medicine and serve the mankind with compassion, professionalism and empathy.

Four students of MBBS received gold medals for their outstanding academic performance during the class of 2014. One gold and a silver medals were awarded to two bachelors of science in nursing and bachelors of science in nursing post-RN students respectively.