The College of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (CSLHS), Ziauddin University hosted their 9th orientation ceremony on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 to welcome their new batch of students in the BS Audiology & Speech Language Therapy program. “CSLHS was established in 2006, with the aim of catering 24 million individuals”, said Ms. Amina Siddiqui, Principal ZCSLHS, who has been the backbone and driving force of this endeavor ever since. She welcomed the 9th batch and wished them luck for their academic journey. The annual report of 2015 presented by Ms. Amina revealed an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment. Ms. Siddiqui expressed that the biggest accomplishment of this year by the CSLHS was conducting its 1st National conference on Communication, Voice and Swallowing Disorders where the faculty and several others from notable institutes participated and presented their researches. Addressing the consul generals of Switzerland and Malaysia, she emphasized that mutual collaborations will lead to the exchange of faculty, students, and cutting edge research. Also that she looked forward to reciprocation from both the countries.
The Chief Guest of the event, Mr. Muhammad Ismail Bkri, Consul General of Malaysia proposed student and lecturer exchange programs for the improvement of the education system in both the countries. Consul General of Switzerland, Mr. Emil Wyss, praised the efforts of ZCSLHS and the youth of Pakistan as a whole. He also congratulated the parents of the new students. Prof. Dr. Anwar Ejaz Beg, advisor to the Chancellor, thanked both the consul generals for their presence at the ceremony and stressed upon the increasing significance and scope of this profession in society, and Pakistan at large, especially in the realm of dysphasia. “The real life experiences you gain here will surpass all textbook knowledge,” said Tahoora Javed, an alumnus, recounting the rewarding and priceless moments she has spent at the college and clinic. Addressing the new batch, she spoke about the enormous responsibilities and demands placed upon a Speech Language Therapist and Audiologist since there are only a handful of professionals and countless people in need of their services. Earlier, Ms. Ifrah Shah, Senior lecturer and Head of Student Affairs, ZCSLHS welcomed the students and guided them regarding the code of conduct in classes and clinics. The upcoming batch was given an overview of curriculum and courses, faculty, learning and assessment methods by Mr. Shahid Ali, Assistant Professor at the college. He also familiarized them with the clinic and college blocks.
The ceremony concluded with the prize distribution to the outstanding students of BS SLT and the graduates of the Diploma in Childhood Development and Psychopathology.