Dental Education has remained neglected in Pakistan for several years- Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

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 Fatima Jinnah Dental College 19th Convocation

Dental Education has remained neglected in
Pakistan for several years-Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

CPSP has so far trained 650 Dental Specialists including 400 Fellows

Dental Graduates urged to go for specialization to ensure better future

KARACHI: Dental education in Pakistan has remained neglected for several years.  Future in dentistry lies in specialization hence the dental graduates should go for specialization. This was stated by Prof.Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. He was speaking at the 19th annual convocation of Fatima Jinnah Dental College held on February 25th 2016 where he was invited as a chief guest. Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi Prof. Muhammad Qaiser was Guest of Honour on this occasion and the convocation was largely attended by faculty members of Fatima Jinnah Dental College as well as from other dental colleges in the city besides graduating students and their parents.


Prof. Muhammad Qasir Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi presenting
a mementoe to Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP who was
the chief guest at the 19th Annual Convocation of Fatima Jinnah Dental
College held at Karachi recently. Also seen from (L to R) are Prof.
Mrs. Tasleem Hussain Principal FJDC, Dr. Syed Baqar Askari Chief
Executive of FJDC, and Prof. S.M. Abbas Hussain Dean Faculty
of Medicine at University of Karachi and Mr. Askari Trustee of FJDC Trust.

Continuing Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that he was delighted to note that FJDC has a complete and impressive faculty. Postgraduate dental education, he said, started in early 90s and first MCPS in dentistry was started by the CPSP followed by Fellowship in various sub-specialties of dentistry. So far CPSP has trained six hundred fifty dental specialists which includes four hundred fellows. At present over one thousand postgraduates in dentistry are under training in six specialties for MCPS and FCPS, he added. He commended the contributions of  FJDC in the field of dentistry and said that CPSP under arrangements with the Royal Colleges in UK has also arranged  half of the training period of its postgraduates in UK  while the half duration of training they can complete in Pakistan  but they must come back to Pakistan to be eligible for examination.  CPSP, he said, will continue to support all academic activities of Fatima Jinnah Dental College. He called upon the fresh dental graduates to opt for future career in periodontology as there was a great shortage of dental surgeons in this discipline and the numbers of patients who need to be looked after were huge. Dentistry he further stated was a noble but challenging profession.

Prof. Muhammad Qaiser Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi in his address reminded the fresh dental graduates of their responsibilities and called upon them to serve the patients and the poor in particular with devotion and dedication. The professional knowledge you have gained should be now put into practice. He also advised them not to go for any short cut in life. He was happy to note the tremendous progress made by FJDC over the years. Currently there are thirty six dental colleges in the country and I am happy to note that faculty of this institution is interested in research. Institutions are known by the quality of its faculty and its research work, he remarked.

 

Dr. Asad Badami who was declared the Best Dental Graduate at the
19th Convocation of FJDC photographed along with Dr. Baqar Askari,
Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President CPSP Prof. Mrs. Tasleem Hussain

Principal FJDC, Prof. Mohammad Qaiser VC University of Karachi,
Prof. Abbas and Mr. Askari.

Prof. S.M. Abbas Hussain Dean Faculty of Medicine at University of Karachi administered the oath to the fresh dental graduates while Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry presented distinction certificates among the students. Dr. Haleema Hussain, Syeda Mariam Tariq, Zahra Nasim and Dr. Asad Badami were also presented Gold Medals which were sponsored by M/s Sheild.  Dr. Asad Badami who secured twelve distinctions and eleven Gold Medals was declared the Best Graduate and was also presented with the Best Dental Graduate Shield and earned tremendous applause from the audience for his brilliant academic career. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Asad Badami thanked the faculty members, his parents, brother and colleagues for their help and assistance. We do not know about the journey which lies ahead but we will try to enlighten the name of our institution wherever we are, he stated.

Dr. Baqar Askari Chief Execute of Fatima Jinnah Dental College in his speech said that FJDC has not only produced dental specialists but also provided dental faculty to other dental colleges in the country. He paid tributes and commended the services of Dr. Tasneem Hussain Principal of Fatima Jinnah Dental College for her untiring efforts to improve and maintain standards of education at the institution. He termed her as Iron Lady who is a strict disciplinarian and these are some of her qualities which have enabled the faculty and administration to run and manage this institution efficiently. One of our faculty members Dr. Saqib Rashid, Dr. Baqar Askari said has recently been elected as President of Pakistan Dental Association which is a great honour for our institution. We will support him and the PDA in all their endevours to improve the working conditions and enhancement of professional excellence of dental surgeons.  He also announced special Cash Prizes for the first three position holders and  First, Second and Third position holders were presented  prize of Rs.50,000/-, Rs. 35,000/- and Rs. 20,000/- respectively by the Chief Guest.

Earlier Prof. Tasneem Hussain Principal of Fatima Jinnah Dental College in her welcome address said that Fatima Jinnah Dental College was established in 2011 and this was their 19th batch which had graduated. We have produced one thousand nine hundred ninety two dental graduates during the last twenty four years. We follow a system of continuous assessment and evaluation throughout the year. We also provide service to the community and ours was the only dental college which has established a General Medicine and General Surgical Hospital for training of our students. We also organize free medical and dental camps while we also have a School Dental Service for under privileged students. We regularly organize workshops and post-graduation is encouraged as a faculty development programme. CPSP has recognized FJDC for MCPS and FCPS in dentistry. Some of our faculty members are currently enrolled in Health Professional Education programme. So far we have completed seventeen research projects and five research papers were published last year.