ISLAMABAD – At the ninth convocation of the Bahria University 477 students were awarded degrees in various disciplines. Students were also honoured with gold medals and silver medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career at the convocation. Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M), graced the occasion and conferred degrees on the graduating students of Masters and Undergraduate programs.In the Masters Programmes, 146 students of Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Earth & Environmental Sciences were awarded degrees. While 331 students of Undergraduate Programmes of Business Administration, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences were awarded degrees. Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M) along with Rector of Bahria University Vice Admiral(r) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) awarded 19 gold medals and 14 silver medals to various students, who achieved top positions in their respective departments. The medals were awarded to the students from each discipline to acknowledge their outstanding performance. Khawaja Omar Hameed Butt, Abu Bakr Inayat, Aniqa Viqar, Annam Ahsan Of MBA Department, Salma Mumtaz And Yasir Ajmal of (MS) Earth And Environmental Sciences Department, Junaid Tariq and Ahmed Qaddus of (MS) Computer Sciences Department, Nashmia Naeem and Saba Abid Of BBA, Tooba Amjad Of (BS)ETM, Anum Lodhi and Muhammad Bilal Mansoor of Engineering Department, Zaheer ud Din Babar, Kamran Wali And Mian Shehryar Ali of BS Earth And Environmental Sciences Department, Hamad Moazzam Dar of (BS) Computer Sciences Department, Amal Naeem And Syeda Sanabil Sibtain Of (BSS) Humanities And Social Sciences Department, received gold medals.Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M), while congratulating the students, said, “the future of our country is depending on the way we educate and groom our youth to understand the diversity of the global environment. And Bahria University has incorporated in its system extra-educational measures to promote multi-faceted education.” He urged the academia to come forward with a strong commitment to contribute in the nation-building process, as the nation is set to embark on strengthening state institutions.He said that the universities must also frequently interact with local industries and other corporate and public sector organisations to improve their curriculum in order to make it more responsive to employer need.Earlier, in his welcome address Rector Vice Admiral(r) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) expressed that higher education is now considered and accepted as a tool of economic growth the world over. The universities have great responsibility of producing quality graduates who could contribute positively in various fields for economic growth of the country.The Rector briefly gave an overview about the academic infrastructure, faculty development, revision of curriculum and introduction of additional academic discipline in sync with market trends. He also talked about the new Masters’ Programme in Project Management, which is going to start at Bahria University. He also mentioned about the students’ merit and need based scholarship and its amount, which has been increased from Rs.18 million to Rs.23 Million. This will provide an opportunity to students coming from low-income background to pursue education in Bahria University, which offers an enabling learning environment to its students.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 27-Jan-2013 here.