KARACHI - Around 860 out of total 5,166 successful candidates were conferred degrees, ranging from graduation to doctorate, in the 21st convocation of Karachi University (KU) held on Tuesday at KU Valika Ground. In the absence of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, the KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui had awarded gold medals to 74 candidates. As many as 75 degrees have been awarded in BA (Hons), 98 in BSc (Hons), 18 BBA, 23 in BPA, 6 in BCom, 12 in BS (Computer Science), one in BCT, 37 in DPharm, 21 in MPA, 16 in MCom, 200 in MA, 206 in MSc, 10 in MCS, 7 in MBA, 7 in MLIS, one in MS, 14 in MPhil, one in MD and 48 in PhD. These degrees have been awarded in various fields of natural, social, management sciences and law. Conversely, 59 degrees have been awarded in the evening shift. KU TO SETUP FUTURE STUDY CENTRE Speaking at the convocation, KU VC Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim said that the varsity had planed to set up a future study centre at the campus to study the future problems being faced by the country. At this research platform scientists will try to seek out something positive for the bright future of the country, he said. The university has already signed MoUs with foreign institutions for elevating research and calibre of our students and teachers, mostly with the facilities of scholarship offered by these institutions. KU is a part of international consortium of 7 international universities of Netherlands, China, Italy and France. The university now runs 54 teaching departments and 21 research institutes and centres of excellence, he added. Currently, the leading departments and centres of the university are imparting quality education to about 24,000 students. The KU is also an affiliating and examining body for 145 colleges. Each year the university conducts examinations of about 150,000 students studying in these colleges. At present the university has more than 800 highly qualified and experienced teachers and amongst them 300 have PhD degrees; many of them have obtained foreign degrees. In addition, there are 200 research associates working under different programmes with around 200 supporting staff members. Today, the university is recognised as a premier centre of learning and research in Pakistan and abroad. A number of scientists and scholars affiliated with the university hold important positions both within and outside Pakistan and have won recognition. Students from several foreign countries are pursuing doctorate and post-doctoral programmes in International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), a centre that has been designated as WHO centre for Pesticides Analysis for Eastern Mediterranean region, COMSATS centre of excellence, TWAS centre of excellence, and NCSTD centre of excellence.