Aga Khan University Convocation 2007 Events


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Aga Khan University (AKU), held its 20th Convocation ceremony, marking the graduation of 277 students in the fields of medicine, nursing and education. The chief guest was Dr Shamshad Akhtar, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by vice-chancellors, senior government officials, diplomats, national and international academicians, donors and prominent citizens. Dr Yasmin Amarsi, Dean of AKU School of Nursing carried the University blazon this year.

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  1. excerpt of speech by Dr Shamshad Akhtar at the ceremony:

    Before I offer some perspective on this event, let us take a moment to pay tribute to His Highness, the Aga Khan. He is a role model for all those striving to change the lives of mankind. We are extremely appreciative of His Highness’ exemplary commitment and devotion to humanity manifested by numerous social, educational and development programs. These initiatives have changed the lives of so many underprivileged and underserved people both within and outside Pakistan. His strategic vision and inspiring leadership has steered proper design of programs and their effective implementation on high standards of governance.

    While I cannot possibly do justice to the achievements of His Highness, let me acknowledge some of his contributions in Pakistan. Establishment of Aga Khan University, Pakistan’s first international university symbolizes his devotion for the country and for education. By this gesture, he carried forward his forefathers’ traditions who co-founded great institutions like Al Azhar University and Aligarh Muslim University.

    The tremendous contribution of His Highness to social development through the Aga Khan Development Network is highly commendable. This involves holistic support ranging from social and community mobilization to empowerment of the underprivileged through enhancing access to education and microfinance and other similar initiatives. Pakistan appreciates the US$50 million assistance given for rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the earthquake affected areas. I would be amiss if I do not mention Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development’s acquisition of the second largest Bank of the country i.e. Habib Bank Ltd.— which is well on its course to extend its outreach both within and outside Pakistan.

    Let us on this occasion, also join to extend His Highness warm wishes and congratulations as 2007 is a special year marking 50th anniversary of accession to the Ismaili Imamat.


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