KARACHI: The 9th convocation of Bahria University on Sunday was a disciplined and organised event — the sort one could expect from a Pakistan Navy-run institution — but nothing could keep the graduates in their seats once the ceremony had concluded. Graduation caps were thrown into the air with fervour amid cheers by 821 students and their families on Sunday.
“I am overwhelmed by the feeling of bidding farewell to a four-year-long relationship with the alma mater,” said Anum Nazar, a media studies major who secured a gold medal in social sciences. “But we are all geared up to take the job market by storm and prove our abilities.”
Nazar said that around 70 per cent students from her batch have already secured internships or jobs at various media organisations, including newspapers.
“When it comes to electronic media, there is a growing detestation for such TV channels that create sensationalism,” said Nazar’s batch mate, Urooj Khan.
Among the young graduates, there were also seasoned ones such as Samina Masood who stood proud with her husband and son upon completion of her Master’s degree in psychology. After some 20 years of her graduation in engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, she finally decided to pursue her dream of studying psychology. “I want to give a message to all women that age should not become a barrier in pursuit of their dreams,” said Masood, who is now associated with Ziauddin Hospital as a speech and language therapist.
Matter of pride
In the Masters programme, 240 degrees were awarded to the students of business administration, electrical engineering, computer science, psychology, and earth and environmental sciences. Around 581 undergraduate students received degrees in the disciplines of business administration, computer science, electrical engineering, computer and software engineering, earth and environmental sciences, social sciences, and psychology.
The chief of naval staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, was the chief guest at the event attended by families, friends and faculty. To honour the students for their outstanding achievements, Admiral Sandila along with the Bahria University Rector Retd Vice-Admiral Shahid Iqbal awarded 21 gold medals and 14 silver medals to the excelling students in each discipline.
Admiral Sandila, also the pro-chancellor of the university, believed that the university was playing the very role that was expected from it. “Upholding the keywords of iqra, ijtehad and fikr, the university has helped establish an appropriate environment for students to excel in all the fields,” he said, reminding the students that adherence to honesty, integrity and morality will never let them fail in life.
Earlier, the rector in his welcome address said that the university aspires for academic excellence and maintains high-quality. “As the students embark on a new journey, I believe they will keep up the high-standards of efficiency wherever they go.”
“The oil industry of Pakistan and the Middle East is always in search of qualified and skillful graduates in geophysics,” explained Dr Mubarik Ali, who heads the Earth and Environmental Sciences department. “Bahria University has taken initiative to provide high-standard geophysical education which matches the industrial needs.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2013.