Employees across the University came together to appreciate the achievements of their colleagues at AKU's annual Long Service Awards Ceremony.
Awards were presented to 225 members of staff and faculty who accomplished milestones ranging from two decades of service to up to 35 years of service to AKU.
Some of the University's longest-serving employees were featured in a special video in which they shared their pride at being able to contribute to AKU's mission of enabling access to high quality healthcare and education.
Prakash Mangal Das, a housekeeping assistant at AKU's secondary hospital in Kharadar said: “I have received a mother's love here [at AKU]. I got it all here. I am telling you that I wasn't educated, whatever I have learnt is because of people around me. This is my school, my college and in all honesty, this is a very big part of my life."
Professor Mushtaq Ahmed, association dean of the Medical College in Pakistan, noted that the University's collaborations with other institutions under the Aga Khan Development Network enabled employees to make a broader impact on society.
“We are honoured and humbled to have such dedicated colleagues who come into work every morning with the same zeal and vigour and work towards a better society for all," said Carol Ariano, AKU's vice-president of human resources.
President Firoz Rasul distributed shields to long-serving colleagues at the event and commended the commitment shown by employees and volunteers associated with the University.
This year 114 employees were recognised for 20 years of service, 56 for 25 years, 41 for 30 years and 14 for 35 years of service.