As many as 511 students were awarded degrees at the 12th convocation of the University of Central Punjab, held at the Expo Centre, Johar Town, on Tuesday.
UCP Board of Governors Chairman Mian Amer Mahmood was the chief guest.
In his speech, he said the role of education was significant in the development of a country. He said the Punjab Group had started its educational programmes with a dream.
“We had to figure out each step. Moments of uncertainty did not hamper our effort to materialise our dreams. Over a short span of 27 years, we have become the largest educational group in the country, providing quality education to the youth from playgroup to PhD. In a decade, the number of UCP students has increased by six fold.
Faculties of pharmacy and social sciences have been added and new programmes have been launched. The UCP has become the first private university allowed to affiliate other institutions for its master’s programmes,” he said.
He asked students to look for opportunities for entrepreneurship. He said partnership programmes with US and European universities should be strengthened. He said that along with academic excellence, the UCP promoted extracurricular activities.
The university had some of the best sports facilities, he said and pointed to the Women Pakistan Scholarships introduced by the UCP.
“Our Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is a model for other business schools to follow. It builds on creativity, leadership, professionalism and critical thinking. Suggestion box is a vital interface between the UCP and its stakeholders. Our recently-introduced Associate Degree Programme is a brand new concept in the market,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2012.