Rawalpindi - The Convocation 2015 for the Foundation University Medical College was held at the university auditorium yesterday.

Secretary Defence and Chancellor FUI, Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak HI(M) was the chief guest while Managing Director Fauji Foundation and President FUI, Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Nawaz Khan HI(M), Sitara-e-Esaar, Rector FUI, Maj Gen (Retd) Khadim Hussain HI(M) and Director FUIC, Maj Gen (Retd) Dr Nasim-ul-Majeed, HI(M), were also present on the occasion.

As many as 107 MBBS graduates were awarded degrees by the chancellor FUI. The chief guest also awarded 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 3 distinction certificates and 38 merit certificates. The award for best graduating student was clinched by Marium Sohail.

In his welcome address, the rector highlighted the progress and academic excellence FUI has achieved in the past years. He said Foundation University is committed to produce innovative and internationally competitive graduates committed in the development of Pakistan and capable of providing leadership in civic, business and public service of the country. He said the FUI is fully aware of the new advancements taking place in the field of medical education and is taking all measures to keep pace with the modern trends in imparting education.

“Conventional modalities of teaching in the form of lectures, seminars and classroom laboratory teaching has been replaced by integrated modular systems like PBL (problem based learning) which is more patient-oriented and evidence-based,” he added.

The chief guest, in his address, said that Fauji Foundation is doing a great national service in assisting the public sector in providing health care and education. The commendable role being played by Fauji Foundation towards these two cardinal pillars of our social sector is praise worthy. He said. “It gives me great satisfaction to note that ever since its inception the Foundation University has progressed at a remarkable pace and has set a very high standard of academic as well as administrative excellence in the domains of medicine, management, information technology, computer science, social sciences and liberal arts in a relatively short span of time.”

He appreciated the university efforts to have within its fold a medical college, a state of the art dental college, an institute of rehabilitation sciences and a 750 bedded teaching hospital capable of meeting healthcare requirements of the twin cities in almost all specialties. He hoped that the university would flourish and excel in the years to come.

He congratulated all the graduated students, particularly those who received medals and merit awards for their outstanding and distinguished academic performance. He advised the graduates that they must not consider this success as the accomplishment of their goals. This achievement only marks beginning of a persistent endeavour to learn and contribute for the service of humanity in general and the nation in particular.

While felicitating the proud parents of graduates, the chief guest said, “This is with your encouragement, persuasion and prayers that your children have been able to achieve this milestone.”

In the end, the president FUI presented a shield to the chief guest.