Over 1,400 university students were awarded degrees in three convocation ceremonies held in the twin cities on Wednesday.
The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) marked its 45th convocation by awarding degrees to 629 students in two separate ceremonies held at the Convention Centre, while the Bilquis College of Education for Women (BCOE) awarded degrees and awards to 802 students at its Chaklala campus.
In the two graduation ceremonies of CIIT, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi handed out the degrees to 600 students for completing their bachelors programmes, 25 for masters programmes and four for doctorate programmes. The bachelors programmes constituted disciplines of bioinformatics, biosciences, business administration, computer engineering, electrical and telecom engineering, electronics, mathematics and architecture, whereas the masters programs constituted management sciences, electrical engineering, architecture, physics, computer science, bio sciences, metrology and mathematics. The doctorate students were from the physics and mathematics departments.
Graduate and postgraduate students having Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of over 3.75 bagged Campus, Institute and Chancellor’s medals, while the Patron medal was awarded to Madiha Tariq who secured a 4.0 CGPA. Dr Q K Ghori award for the best performer in mathematics went to Munazza Batool.
The guest of honour, Kundi, PRAISED CIIT efforts in imparting quality education across the country and urged the students to work hard and maintain honesty and integrity in their professions. “[Honesty and integrity] are the two qualities that are your most precious assets. You must protect them at all costs and feed them with your blood and sweat,” he said.
Kundi said that countries well-endowed with the wealth of knowledge are the ones leading the world.
CIIT Rector Dr Junaid Zaidi said IT institutions have been trusted to be the centre stage of academia. He urged the graduates to devote their services for the wellbeing of the people, and “to become job creators and providers rather than job seekers”.
The graduation ceremony of BCOE Chaklala was attended by Begum Fauzia Gilani, wife of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
They awarded students with degrees and medals and crests to position holders. Best Student of the Year Award, titled the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, was won by a BA student, Munazza Sadaf. College Crest as the distinguished student for the year 2008-10 was won by Zarah Anne Lorraine and President PAFWA certificate as the distinguished student for the year 2009-10 was won by Munezza Aqueel.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.
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