Only a knowledgeable society can rescue Pakistan

KARACHI: University of Karachi (KU) former vice chancellor Prof Dr Peerzada Qasim Siddiqui said on Thursday that nothing could rescue Pakistan but a knowledge-based society that can be developed through higher education institutes.
“KU is a prized and prominent university among all the universities in our country and the researches of the Pharmacy Department are comparable to ones from any other university in the country and abroad,” he said.
The former VC said this while addressing the ceremony “Golden Jubilee Celebration of Pharmacy 1964-2014” after completion of 50 years of the Department of Pharmacy in KU.
Siddiqui has served the university for almost nine years as a vice chancellor lauded the deep loyalty of the teachers who had yet brought up hundreds and thousands of pharmacists in the country. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan informed the gathering that a bill regarding the appointments of pharmacists in government organisations had been unanimously passed from the Senate and would be submitted to the National Assembly on September 6 that would uplift the status of Pharmacists. He said that visiting and serving a university like KU was worship for him.
Hilton Pharma Group of Companies Chairman Sardar M Yasin Malik, the chief guest of the event, said that because of pharmacists we could ourselves produce some drugs, however, the number of pharmacists specially adept ones was still lower than needed. Malik said, “Pharmacists had a bright future and they were in much demand abroad as well.”
KU’s former VC and dean of Faculty of Pharmacy Zafar Saeed Saifi, also the first teacher of the department, narrated the story of his life that how with difficultly they studied at KU when there was almost no facility and the same situation had to be faced when he had to serve the university after graduating in Biochemistry. He said that the determination and dedication had handed him fruit for a lifetime.
KU VC’s spokesman Prof Dr Abid Azher said that pharmacists might not be considered to be high-ranking among masses, but with their hard working efforts they could take their department to heights. A book launching ceremony by Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Prof Dr Ghazala Hafeez Rizwani on the topic of ‘Standardisation of Medicinal Herbs of Pakistan’ followed the event. The faculty also launched a monthly magazine on the occasion.
While, the program was going on in the auditorium of the department most of the students were enjoying outside, across the road where two camps were set up by the department. One was fun-gala, where several games, creative things and fast food was available, and in the other camp different doctors and physicians were doing free of cost medical check-ups. 
The faculty alone has yet produced 98 PhDs, 210 MPhils and 260 MPharm, which is the largest figure from any Pharmacy department of universities in the country. Moreover, 1,200 research papers have been published in national and international journals by the faculty. Presently, above 1,800 students there are pursuing studies leading to DPharm, MPharm, MPhil and PhD.

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