Rawalpindi - The first convocation of the Institute of Allied Health Sciences of Rawalpindi Medical University will be held on Thursday at Tipu Road campus, said the varsity’s spokesman on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudrhy would be the chief guest while Vice Chancellor RMU Dr Muhammad Umar along with other faculty members and government officials would also attend the convocation, he said.

He added that degrees would be conferred upon graduates of Allied Health Sciences since session 2008-09 till 2012-13, he said.  He said that recognising the Institute of Allied Health Sciences as an important pillar in healthcare services, the RMU decided to hold the convocation of its graduates.

“The 1st convocation of the Institute of Allied Health Sciences, after inception of Rawalpindi Medical University, has been planned to be held on December 14 on the instructions of the VC, marking the first official degree-awarding day of the graduates of Allied Health Sciences since session 2008-09 till 2012-13,” he said.

He added that the institute was one of the leading and pioneering institutes in Punjab in both public and private sectors offering degree programmes including Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) and B.Sc. (Hons) programmes in the fields of medical laboratory technologies (MLT), orthotics, optometry and medical imaging technologies (MIT), in collaboration with University of Health Sciences, Lahore, for more than eight years.

The institute with special and personal attention of the VC made its mark in providing quality education in the mentioned fields. The details of the convocation have been made available on the university’s website to facilitate the graduates, the spokesman said.

The graduates and current students of the said programmes expressed pleasure on announcement of the long-awaited convocation and said that it depicted dedication of the VC for uplifting standards of all the sections of the RMU. They further expressed their confidence in the efforts of the VC for upgrading the current undergraduate programmes to postgraduate programmes for providing well-equipped technologists, scientists and physiotherapy specialists to meet the challenges of the future, he said.