our staff reporter
Islamabad - Renowned nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand has said that education plays a vital role in economic development of country and urged the students to get quality education so that they could contribute towards national progress and stability.
“It raises the productivity and efficiency of individuals and thus produces skilled manpower that is capable of leading the economy towards the path of sustainable economic development,” Dr Samar said this while addressing at the ninth convocation of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) here at the Convention Center as chief guest here Thursday.
He also said that in the present day scenario, education does not end with acquiring a degree; it is a life-long affair exploring new horizons, and broadening of the vision, marching on a never-ending journey towards new frontiers of knowledge.  
The role of higher education becomes more prominent and wide ranging, he remarked adding “Higher education plays a key role in determining the position of a nation in today’s knowledge driven economy.”
On the occasion, over 568 graduates including BBA, MBA, BS, MS and PhD in the fields of Management Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics were awarded degrees.
Mian Amer Mahmood, Chancellor MAJU, presided over the convocation.
Dr . M. Mansoor Ahmed, Executive Vice President, highlighted the contribution made by the university in the field of higher education .
He informed that the University has earned a prominent position amongst its competitors by putting high emphasis on R&D activity and its graduate programs.
According to statistics, seven PhD graduates received their PhD degrees; including Adnan Riaz, Yasir Bin Tariq, Ch. Asim Rashid, Syed Ejaz Hussain Kazmi, Safdar Hussain and Mubeen Ghafoor and Muhammad Naeem.
The chief guest also awarded 29 medals which include 10 Gold, 11 Silver and 8 Bronze medals to the graduates for distinctions.