KARACHI: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi held its annual convocation 2018 at the main campus to confer degrees on 926 graduates. The graduating batch included 664 undergraduate students from six programmes, 261 post-graduate students from eight programmes, and one PhD scholar. It is the largest graduating batch in the 63 years of the institute’s history.
The chief guest of the ceremony was Advisor to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, Dr Ishrat Husain. IBA Karachi Executive Director Dr Farrukh Iqbal congratulated all the graduating students and their families.
Dr Iqbal said, “The IBA has long had a reputation for delivering quality education. What does this rest on? Partly because of having admissions characterised by selectivity, teaching characterised by discipline and examinations characterised by integrity. In part, the institute’s reputation also rests on the success achieved by its graduates in professional careers. An outcome measure of quality for the IBA students is the salary level that they attract upon graduation.”
The chief guest Dr Husain lauded the progress of the IBA in the last decade and shared, “I get feedback from the market that IBA graduates are distinguished not only on merit, but they also exhibit the highest ethical values in their conduct.”
The convocation proceeded by conferring the degrees on the students. The position holders were presented cash prizes, medals, shields and certificates of merit. It is the first time the institute gave shields for excellence in sports. Performance awards were given to staff and faculty including the award for best teacher and best researcher.
This year a few of the medals and awards were sponsored by the corporate sector and philanthropists.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2018.