LAHORE - The third convocation of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) was held here Wednesday at the varsity's Johar Town Campus. Senator Khurshid Ahmad was the chief guest. About 633 students were bestowed upon degrees in the moot while 28 students were awarded medals for their excellent performance. Speaking on the occasion Senator Khurshid Ahmad, who is also chairman board of governors called upon all the fresh graduates to work hard with dedication and national spirit in their respective areas of specialisation with focus on rapid sustainable growth and development in every sphere of life across the country. He said the government was encouraging universities in private sector to provide quality education to all throughout the country. He urged the graduates to follow the footprints of the father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal in their future lives, which he added would help build self-confidence and strengthen the character building among them. Earlier speaking on the occasion, Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad said that in view of tremendous response from students for more admission, the campus would be expanded to accommodate the ever-increasing number of students desirous of seeking admission. He said at present 3200 students are busy in pursuing higher education in various faculties in the campus under the supervision and guidance of 130 full time faculty members. University faculty members contributed over 63 research papers in various disciplines during the last one year. Out of a total of 633 passed out graduates 28 were awarded patron's and rector gold medals.Ahmad Dawood gold medal was awarded to Dawood Qaseem of MPA by Shahzada Dawood while Din group gold medal was conferred on Akmal Mahmood Kalair,bachelor of science in textile by SM Naveed, Director of the group. These medals also carry a cash prize of Rs 0.1 million. Former Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rafiq Ahmad also graced the occasion.