The idea of forming Dow graduate
association was first brought by Dr. Inayat and
Dr. Sultan Ahmed on the eve of 2nd IMANA meeting
in 1970 in Chicago.
A number of Dow Graduates attended the
annual meeting of Association of Pakistani Physicians (APP) at
the Renaissance Center, Detroit MI. Among those who attended the
meeting were Doctors Sultan Ahmed, Iltifat Alavi, Aziz Arian,
Inayat Husain, Mujtaba Hussain, Rashid -Ul-Khari, Ikram Ullah
Khan, Iftekhar Salauddin and Tariq Zafar. At that meeting the
idea of the Dow Graduates Association was conceived.
... Washington DC
The general body appointed an Ad Hoc
committee consisting of Doctors: Sultan Ahmed, Iltifat Alavi,
Salim Chowdhry, Inayat Husain and Pervez Liyas Shah; with a
charge that this committee come up with aims and objectives, to
write a simple constitution and to collect demographic data of
Dow Graduates in North America.
June 1981 ... Hyatt
Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL
The Dow Graduates Association was
established as a social, fraternal and non-political
organization. A four page constitution including by-laws were
approved by the general body. Dr. Inayat Husain was elected as
the first President of Dow Graduates Association.
December 1983 ... Karachi, Pakistan
The annual symposium of
Dow Graduates Association was held at the Hotel
Intercontinental. A large number of Dow Graduates Association's
members presented their scientific and research papers along
with the faculty of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). The symposium was
well-attended and was a resounding success.
In 1985 ... the constitutions and by-laws
The name of the
organization was changed from Dow Graduates Association to Dow
Graduate Association of North America (DOGANA). A post of
Executive Director was created, who was to be nominated by the
executive committee for a term of five years. Dr. Iltafat Alavi
was unanimously elected for that post. In 1985 ... two other
events took place.
The sixth International Congress on
Health sponsored by APP and DOGANA was held at the Pearl
Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan. It was attended by a
large number of overseas delegates and physicians from Pakistan.
The meeting was inaugurated by the President Zia Ul Haq of
Pakistan. Audio visual equipment were donated by DOGANA along
with several educational video tapes for the students and staff
Professor Sultan Ahmed wrote a
handbook of Cardiology for the students and junior staff. DOGANA
sponsored its publication and 1,000 copies were distributed at
the medical school. In 1990, President Bushart Ahmed instituted
the Youth Excellence Award Program. Commemorative plaques and
cash awards were distributed o six meritorious high school
graduates. In 1992, the late Professor Mahmud Ali Shah was guest
of honor at our annual meeting. He sought donations for the
Layton Rahimtoola Eye Hospital in Karachi and a sum of $ 5,000
was collected and donated to the hospital.
1980 to 1996
There were 400 addresses of Dow Graduates in 1980 which were
available to DOGANA through AMA registers. As of March 1996,
there are 2,106 Dow Graduates in North America. There are 34
life-time members of DOGANA so far. There annual membership
varies between 120- 135 per year. - Iltifat Alavi MD.