The final result of the 17th batch of students of Bachelor of Dentistry and Surgery (BDS) declared by the Karachi University showed 97 percent success rate.
18 Gold medals were awarded to the graduates securing the highest marks in various subjects during their 4-year course plan. As many as 199 distinctions were granted in various subjects to students during their 4-year examinations, while 12 shields were awarded to the top position holders in the four professional classes.
The top graduate of the 17th Convocation was Anum Iqbal Malik who secured 7 gold medals and 13 distinctions out of 16 subjects, apart from securing top positions in various annual examinations.
Vice Chancellor – Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar appreciated the contribution of Fatima Jinnah Dental College during its 22 years of affiliation to Karachi University.
He appreciated the faculty development programme of the College, which has produced a large number of highly qualified postgraduate faculty with M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from his University besides MCPS, FCPS, MD and MS from national and international institutions. He advised all such colleges to emulate this example.
The facilities being provided by the Karachi University to the faculty carrying out research and post graduation has record number of research publications of this College.
The Chief guest at the ceremony was the Ex-Principal of Fatima Jinnah Dental College (1997 to 2011) – Prof Dr Issa Arain, who also has a history of being head and principal of dental section and College at LMC Jamshoro for 25 years from 1972 to 1996. This period of 40 years at the highest post is unmatched till today. He was also a member of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council for 22 years in various capacities and guided the dental education policy to the level where it is today. Prof. Arain was given a standing ovation by the faculty, administration, graduates and their parents for his contribution to dentistry in Pakistan.
The Principal Prof Tasleem Hosein presented the annual report. In her speech she also mentioned that Prof Saqib Rashid has become a Diplomat Implant Dentistry of the International Congress of Implantologists. He is the second Pakistani dentist to have achieved this honour. The Royal College of Surgeons of England has invited Dr Babur Ashra Head Department of Orthodontics as an examiner. This is indeed a great honour. Dr Uzman Shahbaz and Dr Fauzia Rajput achieved their FCPS from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.
Dr Faryal Abdullah achieved her DCPS in Healthcare Systems and Management from the CPSP. She is also a graduate of this College like many others.
The Dean Faculty of Medicine Prof Dr S M Abbas Hussain administered the PMDC Oath to the graduates. Dr S Baqar Askary, Syed Hassan Askary and others also spoke on the occasion.