University of Science & Technology Meghalaya bestowed Honorary Doctorate of Literature (HONORIS CAUSA) to Dr Abdul Gafoor, a renowned pediatrician from the prestigious Trivandrum Medical College in Kerala, India and medical practitioner from UAE today at a gala ceremony of 3rd Convocation 2017. The honor was conferred by Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Hon’ble Chancellor, USTM and Chairman, ERD Foundation in the presence of other dignitaries namely Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, Hon’ble VC, JNU, Prof. Jayant M Modak, Dy. Director, IISC, Bangalore,Prof. G.D Sharma, Hon’ble VC, Bilaspur University, Dr. P G Rao, Hon’ble VC, USTM, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro -VC, USTM, Prof. Amarjyoti Chaudhry, C V Raman Char Professor, USTM and many other distinguished guests, intellectuals, academic experts across North East.
Convocation 2017 heralded another journey for nine hundred five (905) students who had passed out from USTM obtaining PG, UG and PH.D degrees. A grand total of 905 students which includes 744 at the PG level, 161 at the UG level and 2 Ph.D scholars had received degrees. 26 students had received gold medals out of which 17 at the PG level and 9 at the UG level.
While explaining the purpose of conferring this honor to Dr. Gafoor, Shri Mahbubul Hoque explained “ Dr. Gafoor is working immensely for the uplift of the backward rural class people both in India and UAE through his philanthropic mission. University of Science and Technology Meghalaya is working relentlessly for the development of the NE Region by way of empowering the downtrodden rural people through Education. So this is a token gesture of our university’s recognition for his commendable work”. Dr. Gafoor commented “this award will give me more strength to work for the development of our nation, for the downtrodden and NE Region specifically which I want to explore now through USTM”.
Meanwhile, it can be mentioned that Dr. Gafoor after his post-graduation from the Aligarh Muslim University, worked for few years with the Ministry of Health, Oman before moving to the UAE. In 1998, he started a private clinic in Ajman with his wife Dr Rafeeka. He gradually expanded his practice, Ibin Sina Medical Centre by adding specialist colleagues in each department and state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities. Now, the Ibin Sina group has become the most popular private ambulatory healthcare provider in Ajman with four medical centres and five pharmacies. Ibin Sina is also the pioneer in accredited CME programs within the northern emirates in association with the Ministry of Health, UAE.
In addition, he leads the Bright India Foundation, a philanthropic arm working on the educational and healthcare systems of the underprivileged in the northern region of India. Dr. Abdul Gafoor has also established the Woodlem Park Schools, an educational establishment devoted to providing world class education to children in India and the UAE.