Convocation of postgraduate on pediatric nutrition

The convocation ceremony and workshop on ‘Postgraduate Program on Pediatric Nutrition (PGPN)’ was held at Lé Méridian in the capital on November 22.

Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI), in collaboration with Boston University, organized the one-year certificate course engaging 4300 healthcare persons from around the world. Following last year’s success, 300 pediatricians from Bangladesh took part in the course this year. The certificate distribution ceremony and workshop follows one-year course in pediatric nutrition.

Advocate Md. Qamrul Islam, MP, Minister of Ministry of Food attended the ceremony as Chief Guest, while Professor Dr. Anayet Hossain, Additional Director General, Directorate General of nni_pgpn_2016Health Services attended the event as the special guest. The event was chaired by Professor Dr. M. Iqbal Arslan, Dean, Faculty of Basic Science & Para Clinical Science, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Professor Dr. Syed Modasser Ali, Chairman, Bangladesh Medical Research Council, Former Dean, Faculty of Postgraduate Medical Sciences & Research, Dhaka University was presented as the convocation speaker. Professor Dr Maniruzzaman Bhuiyan, Principal, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College & Hospital and Professor Sunit C. Singhi-Head, Department of Paediatrics, MM Institute of Medical Science and Research, India were present as guests of honor. In addition Professor Dr. Hamidur Rahman, Vice President, Bangladesh Paediatric Association and Dr. Mahmood-uz-jahan, Director, Bangladesh Medical Research Council also attended the event.

In his speech, the chief guest said, ‘This is a timely initiative from NNI which, I believe it will have significant contribution to the quality development of the country’s pediatric healthcare services. Nestlé Nutrition Institute and Boston University deserve appreciation for taking this initiative of building up a generation of knowledgeable, professional and responsible pediatricians who will ensure better healthcare of children. I would like to congratulate all participants present at the program on their success completion of the course.’

The objective of the course was to build capacity of pediatricians through giving them proper knowledge on science and nutrition. The program was designed to provide updated, relevant, and practical knowledge in key aspects of pediatric nutrition to participants through online presentations, online video case-based presentations, lectures and discussion panels. The program ended with a workshop and certification hand-over, wrapped in a convocation ceremony. The certificate recipients will become members of the PGPN alumni.