ISLAMABAD - Three hundred students of Bachelor, Masters and PhD got degrees at the 36th convocation of National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences of Islamabad (FAST-NUCES).Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) awarded degrees to the successful candidates. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the top three position holders. Faiza Anwar of MBA, Mehar Naeem of MBA, Saira Andleeb Kiani of MS Computer Science, Bismah Fahim of BBA, Syeda Maria Raza of BS Accounts and Finance, Ibrar Arshad of BS Computer Science, Hafiz Muhammad Wahaj Aziz and Khalida Ambreen of BS Electric Engineering secured Gold Medals for showing excellence in studies. The students who secured Silver Medals were: Ammara Sheikh of MBA, Komal Chaudhary of MS Computer Science, Anum Shaukat of BBA, Hashim Qaisar of BS Accounts and Finance, Rafia Rahim of BS Computer Science, Naima Mubariz of BS Electric Engineering. While Osaf Jamil of BBA, Shahroz Tariq of BS Computer Science, Umer Abdullah of BS Electric Engineering were awarded Bronze Medal for coming third in their disciplines. Offer his heartiest felicitations to the students who received their degrees HEC Chairperson said 'it is quite encouraging to see institutes like FAST shifting the research paradigm to meet the current collaborative demands of both academia and industry'.In the past, most of the research in Pakistan was conducted for the sake of research only since there was no research culture at that time, he said. 'The demand of the time, however, is to move ahead and link research with the industry. The HEC has already started working in this direction, especially to help meet the shortage of energy and food in the country'.Education entails training of students in a desired direction and HEC of Pakistan has always encouraged and supported institutions to educate the future of Pakistan according to the current international standards, he remarked.Character-building and personality-development of the youth should be the foremost goal of education, said Rector, Dr. Amir Muhammed. 'A balanced personality can be attained only by addressing the prevailing imbalance between science and humanities and the University has made substantive strides towards this goal'.Dr Arshad Ali Shahid, Director Islamabad Campus , in his welcome address informed that Islamabad Campus of FAST-NUCES started Eighteen years ago, and in a short span of time it has become one of the most vibrant, effective, and rewarding seats of higher learning in the country.'Graduates of the university have earned respectable positions in both national and multi-national organizations. The feedback on the performance of graduates in the industry bears testimony to this. The PhD program merits special mention as it boasts of undoubtedly the most significant contribution by any single university in terms of both quality and quantity of computer science research in Pakistan'.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 10-Aug-2014 here.