The University of Sargodha conferred degrees on 78,701 students during its 6th convocation held at the main campus here on Thursday. The ceremony was significant as it marked graduation of the 61 per cent girls of the total students. Acting Chinese Ambassador Lijian Zhao was the guest of honour while the Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad presided over the ceremony. On the occasion, 40 PhD degrees, 1,399 MPhil, 31,724 MA/MSc, 15,961 BS/BBA and 29,577 BA/BSc degrees were awarded to the students from disciplines of Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.480 students with distinctions were honoured with medals.The ceremony was initiated in a ritualistic manner, with the entrance of the academic procession comprising the Vice Chancellor and Deans of seven faculties at the convocation venue. Addressing the ceremony, Lijian Zhao expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for providing him with the opportunity to visit Sargodha – the city of eagles – for the first time. He appreciated the University Administration for building academic and research linkages with esteemed Chinese institutions.While quoting a Hadith that “seek Knowledge even if you have to go as far as China,” the Acting Ambassador urged the students to equip themselves with right knowledge and skills to play their part in taking Pak-China relations to the new heights and getting maximum benefits from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. “In 2010, only 2,000 Pakistani students were studying in China, however this number increased exponentially ever since the launch of CPEC, rising to 28,000 in 2018. Pakistan currently ranks third in the number of students studying in China, behind South Korea and Thailand,” he added.He informed that China offers a wide variety of scholarships to Pakistani students and encourages them to study in China. “Out of a total 28,023 Pakistani students studying in China, more than 7000 are pursuing their education on scholarships.” Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, while delivering his convocation speech, congratulated the students on their achievement while highlighting the share of their families, faculty members and friends in their proud successes.He said that the University is making a huge difference in the demographic and economic growth of Sargodha city and Punjab province, especially by generating skillful workforce, innovating agrarian products and providing community service. Our mode of teaching at University of Sargodha is not confined merely to imparting knowledge, but we also teach our students the religiously and culturally rich social values we have learned or inherited from our parents and elders, the VC said, adding that throughout the year, our University remains abuzz with scholarly events, co-curricular activities and sports competitions.
Visually impaired Arif Mughal gets his PhD degree at the GCU convocation. — White Star
LAHORE: As many as 1,828 students were awarded degrees at the 17th convocation of the Government College University (GCU) on Saturday.
Out of these, 23 students received PhD, 354 MS/MPhil, 290 MA/MSc and 1,161 BA/BSc degrees on the first day of the two-day convocation.
Among the recipients of PhD degrees were a visually impaired student, Arif Mughal in Urdu literature, as well as a navy commander, Fayyaz Ahmed Anjum, in psychology.
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood was the chief guest on Saturday.
Mr Mahmood said Pakistan was passing through economic crises and there were obviously financial constraints for which the government was looking for innovative solutions. He rejected media reports about a 50 per cent cut in the federal Higher Education Commission’s budget and claimed that Rs65 billion were allocated during the last year and the commission had demanded Rs103 billion for the upcoming year. “Allocating any amount in between would in no way mean any cut in the budget,” he added.
The minister revealed that they were moving towards a system where those who could afford must pay full fee for higher education, while deserving students were granted scholarships.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that some more graduates, including 13 PhD students, could not receive their degrees because the higher education department had delayed the extension of their examinations controller. He said the terms of reference for appointment against senior positions forwarded to the department three years ago were still pending.
The minister and vice chancellor presented ‘Prof GD Sondhi Medal’ for overall excellent performance to Maryam Ijaz, ‘Mohammad Idrees Medal for Best Debater to Muhammad Abdullah, ‘Daud Ilyas Medal’ for outstanding intermediate student to Muhammad Faizan, ‘Dr Saida Karamat Medal’ for Best Woman Graduate to Hafiza Quratul Ain Fatimah, ‘Waleed Iqbal Medal’ for Best English Parliamentary Speaker to Mohiba Ahmad, while ‘Thespian Medal’ for excellent performance in dramatics was conferred on Mariam Hassan Naqvi.
Justice Nasira Javid Iqbal will chair the second day of the convocation on Sunday (today) in which position holders of BA/BSc (Hons) would be awarded degrees and medals.