LAHORE: (Saturday, December 29, 2018): Punjab University 127th Convocation held on Saturday (today) at 10am at Faisal Auditorium. Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar Vice Chancellor University of Okara, Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Vice Chancellor University of Baltistan, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Acting Controller of Examinations Muhammad Rauf Nawaz, Additional Controller of Examinations Raja Shahid Javed, President PU Academic Staff Association Dr Mahboob Hussain, deans of various faculties, members of Syndicate & Senate, heads of institutions, faculty members, people from various walks of life and a large number of degree, medal holders and their parents were present on the occasion.
131 PhD, 478 MPhil/MS, 325 Master’s, 217 undergraduate degrees and 331 medals were distributed among students. As many as 85 medals were distributed among undergraduate students, 68 medals among Master’s students and 115 medals were distributed among MPhil/MS students. A total of 1419 degrees and medals were distributed in the convocation.
A blind female student Zoya Kaleem received gold medal by securing top position in BS (Honors) Political science. Iranian female student Farzaneh Fouladgar obtained her PhD degree in the subject of clinical psychology. Syed Atir Hussain Rizvi received medal in MPhil International Relations and before he have received medals in other disciples too from PU. Mr Husnain Javed and Ms Warda Fatma, (husband and wife), received their PhD degrees in the subject of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Two sisters Asmat Zohra and Hajira Rehman also received their PhD degrees in the subject of Chemistry. Two sisters Sumaya and Hafsa received gold medals in MA Elementary Education. Madiha Maqsood recived medal in MPhil communication studies (research track).
While addressing the 127th Convocation of Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad Akhtar said that:
This is the age of competition and students must equip themselves with knowledge, skills and moral values for development of country as there is survival of the fittest only in the global village. Only those get success who perform well in their relevant fields and the graduates must make efforts to turn their organizations into profitable institutions. He added that the institutions that did not deliver good services were either destroyed or replaced by other institutions. University had taken several initiatives to produce best graduates in all the fields. He told that in the last six months, the curriculum of almost all the academic programs of the university had been updated as per modern needs of the hour. PU’s Asian ranking had improved 39 times in just four months due to day and night efforts of PU administration and teachers PU is now among top 39 percent universities of the world who had made rapid progress in 2018. He said that the administration was paying attention to academics and research and promoting such research project which would improve economy of the country and resolve social problems. He said that in the first quarter of 2019, PU would make practical efforts to establish medical college and teaching hospital administration would also fund latest academic programs in bio-engineering, bio-fuels etc and extend full support to departments concerned in this regard. He said that PU administration had ensured good governance and its all principles were being followed in letter and spirit. He said that the administration had implemented merit, transparency, honesty, rule of law and impartiality in all the academic affairs of the university and no compromise was being made in this regard. He said that the administration had regulated all the statutory bodies of the university and organized meeting of Senate, which was held after eleven years. He said that the university was also focusing on faculty development and the teachers who had got admission in top universities of the world were being awarded with scholarships. He said that the quality of intake of students was also being focused. He said that in the 136 years history of the university, the first central meeting of alumni was held due to the efforts of the administration. He remarked that PU is a great institution which has produced prime ministers of Pakistan and Indian premier I.K. Gujral, presidents, noble laureates and a large number of personalities in all the fields of life who had contributed in the development of not only this country but the world and we must be proud of PU. He said that PU was the only institution in Pakistan which is providing the most affordable and quality education charging the lowest fee as compared to all other universities. He said that PU administration was making efforts to restore the academic glory of the great Alma mater. He advised the students to keep themselves updated with latest developments in their fields.