Five get medical degree
Five Indo-Guyanese received their medical degrees from Rajiv Gandhi University of Science and Technology’s School of Medicine on July 31 at a special graduation ceremony at the Hotel Pegasus in Georgetown. The Rajiv Gandhi University is an intentionally accredited tertiary educational institution in Guyana. It offers programmes in the fields of Medicine, Humanities, Science and Technology. The event, hosted at the Pegasus Hotel, represented the first Convocation ceremony for the University’s School of Medicine, from which five students graduated.
The five received their degrees after four years of specialised intensive study of the human anatomy and medicine. The small group of newly minted medical doctors will now be joining an army of life saviours attached to various hospitals and medical institutions throughout Guyana.
Members of the faculty, parents and loved ones all proudly assembled at the ceremony where they were joined by a number of Government officials and Ministers in the celebration. Addressing the gathering prior to the presentation of their degree certificates, were Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, Education Minister Nicolette Henry all of whom extended felicitations to the graduates as they embark on their journey into the world of work. Each of the Ministers and the Vice Chancellor echoed a similar call of a need for continued commitment to the delivery of quality healthcare in Guyana.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Sherlock Peter Rawana told the students to return to their communities and villages and serve, as he noted that true success can be found in one’s ability to inspire and motivate others.
Chancellor Rawana expressed, “You have studied hard, and tonight you can see that you have achieved that dream. Being a doctor doesn’t meant that you will stop studying; you must become specialists. And when you have studied and achieved what you wanted to achieve, I want you to go back to your communities and be a role model for the youths of your communities. Wherever you go, or whatever you become, I hope that one day you can come back to your country and serve.” Class Valedictorian Abid Ally, who hails from Corentyne, pointed out that he would endeavour to use his profession to not only touch lives, but also leave a legacy of care and humanity.
Explaining that his decision to become a doctor dates back to his high school years, Ally said, “Today we are gaining a new profession, a profession as doctors, which made us become complete with precision, accuracy, efficiency; with goodness of intellect and, above all, virtue. From now on, it will be a central part of who we are; and, over time, the most important part of our lives.”
Ally extended appreciation to his family, both at home and at the University, thanking his well-wishers for the part they played in his achieving this milestone achievement.