KARACHI - Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad announced Rs 100 million research grants for Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on the request of Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed. He also declared the increment in the stipends of Postgraduate Doctors in Sindh from Rs 12,000 to Rs 22,000 following the initiative of the Punjab Government. He was speaking as chief guest at the first convocation of Dow University of Health Sciences held at the Ojha Campus of Dow University on the August 16, 2009. The Minister of Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed the Pro-Chancellor of the University also attended the convocation. Almost 800 Medical and Nursing graduates of the two batches of 2008 and 2009 were awarded their degrees. A large number of dignitaries, parents and physicians attended this convocation. The Governor of Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad as the Chancellor of the University in his address to the Convocation congratulated the graduates and their parents. He lauded the efforts of honour holders and reminded all graduates of the responsibility that has been placed on their shoulders as medical practitioners. He also appreciated the efforts of Professor Hameed Khan and his faculty members in the establishment and the development of the University. He said that it is essential for us to ensure that the investment of country into our education would well return to the society. He reminded the young graduates even then the Pakistan is an under-developed country but quality medical education was provided to them on very subsidised rates the country supports health care system with aim of the providing good quality medical care to all its peoples. The Governor said that health care system was in state of evolution and it was the efforts of government to make it not only affordable but also provide quality to all. He appreciated the role of medical institutions in assisting the government to achieve its objectives by producing good doctors with their academic and research activities. Dr Sagheer Ahmed Minister Health said that nurses and other Para-medical staff were the backbone of health care system and quality of health care cannot be possible without nurses. Dr Sagheer Ahmed Said that not only Pakistan but also whole world was facing shortage of trained resources in Para medics specially Nurses. In his address Professor Masood Hameed Khan, the vice-chancellor of the University recounted the progress of the University since its establishment. Since it was first established in 2003 from three constituent institutions to now with almost 23 institutions and university has considerably expended, he said. The Governor then distributed gold medals, certificates and shields among the honour holders. Dr Sahar Mahmood was the best Medical Graduate for 2008 while Dr Hafiz Moiz Fakih had been declared as the best Medical Graduate for 2009. Shirin Ameen and Baroz Khan have declared as best Nursing Graduate for 2008 and best Nursing Graduate for 2009 respectively. Other position holders of all the professional examination of both batches were awarded their medals and certificates.