Merit for Boys should be determined against boys and for Girls against Girls for admission to medical and dental institutions

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Prof. Kh. Saadiq’s address at King Edward Medical University
Merit for Boys should be determined against
boys and for Girls against Girls for admission
to medical and dental institutions
Name of the medical institutions should also indicate
what it stands for - Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain
Advises KEMU graduates to keep up the
name of their college and raise if higher

LAHORE: Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain an eminent physician and medical educationist, former Principal of King Edward Medical College who is also former President of College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan has suggested to the government to find out how many male and how many female doctors we need. Then while selecting students for admission to medical and dental colleges, merit for boys should be determined against boys and for girls against girls. I am not against medical education for girls but we need more working male and female doctors. We have over 50% women population and we do need more female doctors but it is not possible and safe to send a young female doctor to go and serve in villages at the mercy of the local people since at this age they are very vulnerable. He expressed these views while addressing the first year students on their first day in the King Edward Medical University on February 14th 2022.


Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain

Thanking the Vice Chancellor of KEMU for providing him an opportunity to address the first year class Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain said that it was exactly seventy eight years ago that he got admission to King Edward Medical College in 1944 and since then he has remained associated with this institution in one way or the other as a student, teacher, Principal or speaker at different occasions. He called all the newly admitted students as his grand children and addressing them he pointed out that they have joined a premier institution of the country. All countries have some institutions which are named after some person or place like Harvard or Yale University in USA, Oxford or Cambridge in UK. If we talk about Pakistan one will come up with names like King Edward or Aga Khan University. He was of the views that the name of the institution should also indicate what this institution is all about. He then explained in detail as to what in is view KEMU stands for. K, he pointed out stands for Knowledge. This institution is nothing if it cannot provide knowledge. It is easily available every where, in library in books, in class rooms to students by qualified teachers, in the Out Patients Departments for rapid learning, indoor patients for bedside learning if the students are eager to acquire it. E, Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain said stands for Ethics. An institution particularly educational institution is useless if it does not communicate what Ethics is? Ethics, he further explained is the distinction between right and wrong, Dos and Do Nots. It is most important in medical practice. All religions tell you the same thing as regards ethics. If you practice Islam, you are already doing ethical practice. Our religion says if you save one life, you save the whole mankind and if you kill some one due to negligence you have killed the whole mankind. You pick up ethics from your parents, teachers and elders. They teach you what they have learnt in their life through experience. I have learnt so much during my professional life. Continuing Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain said that at the time of convocation, the doctors read the Oath after it is read by the Master of ceremony but when they go, they leave this oath behind. He requested the Vice Chancellor that when they are provided degrees, they should also be provided a copy of the oath so that they hang it as well along with their degrees to remind them about this Oath and Ethics. It will also help the patients to know whether the doctor was following that Oath and doing what they are supposed to do or not. You must develop a spirit of KEMU. If some body is involved in unethical practice, he cannot be a KE graduate, he remarked.

M, in KEMU Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain said stands for Merit which is indispensable. It you acquire it by recommendations, nepotism, bribery, it is not Merit. When I was a student at KEMC we had one hundred students eighty five Boys and fifteen Girls. Today I have noticed this ratio is sixty percent girls and forty percent boys. I myself, he explained was not against medical education for girls let it be seventy percent but and this is a big But merit should not be wasted. Even if they are seventy percent, they should all practice. However, in our prevailing environment, it is not possible for young girls to go and serve in villages at this young age. There are plenty of jobs of different types and they must remain in practice and provide healthcare to the population. Last year he said there were sixty thousand applications for six thousand seats in medical colleges and this year I am told there were two hundred thousand applicants while I am not aware how many seats are there as many new medical colleges have been established. Hence authorities must find out the number of male and female doctors Pakistan needs and then admit the students according to our requirements. It is in their own protection that we do not send young female doctors to serve in villages and far flung areas.

Finally, U in KEMU he stated stands for Ultimate success. There is one examination you all are going through from the day you were born till you get a call. At the end of life, it is the real success. If you follow the tenants of religion, live and conduct is as per requirements of your religion, it is the real success. These are the steps towards success. Success does not mean the number of Cars, Plazas, wealth and other property. It is all wrong idea of success and I do not know from where it has come. You have to be honest and sincere. I have discussed all these things in my Book Reflections. We have recently published an economically priced edition for the students and it is available. Its proceeds all go for charity. If you read it you will all benefit from it. It covers the mistakes I made; it also covers my success as a doctor as well as my failures including accomplishments. I have neither tried to hide anything nor tried to be Brave. You are all supposed to keep up professional ethics. Keep up the name of KEMU and raise it further. I always pray for my Parents and my teachers. You should also pray for your parents and teachers who make you competent to teach others, Prof. Kh. Saadiq Husain remarked.

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