Maj. Gen. (R) Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali Khan TI (M), TBT hardly needs any introduction. He was an internationally renowned Cardiologist and a medical personality of unquestionable integrity with exceptional caliber. He was the founding Chairman of the Islamic International Medical College Trust, a not-for-profit educational trust established in 1995. He has to his credit the establishment and smooth running of AFIC / NIHD, Islamic International Medical College Trust, Hearts International Hospital, and Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH). These Institutions are living tribute to his professional capabilities and administrative skills.
Major General Zulfiqar Ali Khan founded Islamic International Medical College Trust in 1995 with a view to establish the state of the art educational institutions with total commitments to Islamic values and to produce graduates who should not only be good doctors, physiologist physiologists, psychologists, dentists, chemists, and good educationists but also very good Muslims, human beings and a good citizen. Despite having very meager resources, he managed to pool the best talent in the country and succeeded in forming a team that carried his torch and worked with utmost devotion and dedication for the accomplishment of his mission.
His vision of the trust from day one had not been merely opening educational institutions but a movement for the integration of Islamic Values in our various disciplines and in character building of students. He always emphasized that the strength of the IIMCT was not in physical expansion but in its translation of Islamic ethical and moral values in the behavior of its faculty members, students, and administrative staff. He frequently told his colleagues that the younger generation could not be influenced by verbal claims. They could be influenced, guided, inspired, and motivated by men of robust character. May Almighty Allah bless us with the strength, guidance, and wisdom to promote his mission.
“Socio-economic development of our country is inextricably linked with its higher education system, particularly scientific research and innovation in technology. In view of the knowledge explosion, globalization, and rapidly changing scenario, Riphah International University has established high-quality institutions of higher education specializing in the Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Medicine, Management, Information Technology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the present era of global competition, Pakistan needs scientists, engineers, managers, software and information technology professionals, medical doctors, social scientists, and a highly competitive workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We are determined to inculcate morality, ethics, Islamic values, and national spirit in our students, in addition to a high degree of professional competitiveness. With a faculty of highly qualified professional teachers and dedicated students, Riphah International University is set to play its crucial role in the economic development of Pakistan”
Welcome to Riphah, the seat of higher education, learning and research. Your learning experience at Riphah shall, in-sha-Allah, help you not only improve your level of knowledge but also assist in developing leadership qualities, the culture of research, and awareness about your social responsibility. Our mission statement tells you in the shortest possible words about our dream to excel in education while building the ethical and moral caliber of our students. This is our view is the essence of education. Education essentially means the inculcation of values in order to civilize and initiate comprehensive development, progress, and social change. Universities all over the world act as engines of change through the production of knowledge. In our case, our faith makes seeking knowledge an obligation on every Muslim male and female. Our Book on every page invites us to search, learn, ponder, investigate, conduct research, develop critical and analytical thinking, and come up with solutions for emerging problems. This great task calls for sincerity (ikhlas), conviction (iman), continuous effort (sabr), and persistence in our striving (istiqamah) with innovative strategies (ijtihad), and ongoing concentrated initiatives (jihad). The university is committed to inculcate global Islamic ethical values of truthfulness, honesty, trusteeship, social responsibility, and courage. We want to produce leaders in knowledge with uprightness, strength of character, and humbleness. Riphah is a movement for intellectual leadership of the Muslim ummah with a focus on the integration of Islamic ethical values in scientific research and development.
My Dear students always remember that there are no shortcuts to success in life. As the saying goes, “The road to excellence is always under construction,” never assume that you have learned everything and that there is no room for improvement. Every day provides an opportunity to learn something new, to improve yourself and be a better human being than yesterday. We all are lifelong learners and learning is an ongoing process so learn as much as you can from every interaction you have with people and most importantly don’t hesitate to learn from your mistakes. Work hard, give your best and have faith in ALLAH SWT.