KARACHI: Ziauddin University awarded 383 degrees to graduating students of various disciplines at its 14th convocation at the Expo Centre on Thursday.
The university awarded the Sir Ziauddin Ahmed Academic Excellence gold medals to the top nine position holders. The medal recipients were Muhammad Shariq who was awarded the medal for dental surgery, Taliya Karim for biomedical, Mirza Omer Baig for media sciences, Aiesha for medical technology, Zinnia Mohsin for speech language therapy, Hina Murad for genetics, Zoya Jabeen for physical therapy, Hareem Arif for MBBS and Urooj Sheikh for PharmD.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah addressed the convocation as chief guest, congratulated the graduating students and their families for their success. He said their accomplishments should be a source of pride not only to them but also to the university as well as the country. The spirit that has inspired their achievements illustrates their dynamism, vitality and enthusiasm and we all are inspired by their success, he said.
“As we march towards becoming a developed nation, your role as the youth of the country becomes increasingly important,” said the CM, adding that he is confident that the students will strive hard to achieve their goals and make Pakistan a better place to live in.
Guest of honour and keynote speaker at the event, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, the chairperson of the Higher Education Commission, congratulated the graduates and praised the efforts of the Ziauddin University and its faculty for training its students at par with international standards.
Dr Ahmed told the students that our real struggle should be to make Pakistani society a knowledge-based society, which is important for sustainable development in the country. He believed that education can be the changing factor for this nation and the students can be the change makers.
Ziauddin University Chancellor Dr Asim Hussain said this is a day to celebrate and honour the achievements of the students and those who taught and nourished them. “I wish and hope that you will carry forward the legacy of Ziauddin University and succeed in your future endeavours,” he said. “I invite you to continue your association with Ziauddin to which you have devoted so much time, hard work and energy.”
Earlier, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, the vice-chancellor of Ziauddin University, told the audience that 383 students would be conferred degrees at the convocation. Since the inception of Ziauddin University, more than 2,000 students have graduated, he said.