Sunday, October 26, 2008
“As you contemplate the world you are entering, in what can be described as a challenging period in world history, please think about what this country expects of its leaders at a time of intense change,” said Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University (AKU).
He was addressing the audience at the 14th Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) graduation ceremony held on Saturday at the university. Professor Mohammad Daud Khan, Vice-President College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and Vice-Chancellor Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, were the chief guests. The event coincides with the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the university. Stressing on the importance of personal leadership, Dehlavi said that direction, humility, ethics, intellectual curiosity and compassion should be the ideals for progress in society.
“The essence of leadership, whether in trying times or peaceful ones, is about anticipating and coping with change, in the service of people. In present day circumstances, the level of change is great, demanding even greater personal leadership.”
AKU President Rasul spoke about the leadership roles that institutions such as Aga Khan University can play in discovering more innovative medical practices and initiating new types of partnerships that can highlight the role health care institutions in the developing world.
Sixty-five Interns, 46 Residents, 10 Fellows and five students of Clinical Scholars Programme were conferred certificates on the occasion.
Dr Khadija Merchant, graduating Intern and Dr Ghina Shamsi graduating Resident made the valedictory speeches on behalf of the graduating cohort.