As many as 138 graduates received degrees in the disciplines of chemical and materials engineering at a convocation of School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), a constituent school of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).

Held at the main campus of the University here on Tuesday, the august ceremony was graced by Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, Managing Director Fauji Fertilizer Company, as the chief guest. Besides parents, students and faculty, a large number of distinguished guests were also present at the occasion.

President's Gold Medals were awarded to Engr Nusrat Ali Shah and Engr Sahir Naqash in the disciplines of chemical and materials engineering respectively. Whereas Rector's Gold Medals for the best projects were awarded to Engr Sannan Yousaf Toor and Engr Abdul Qadeer in chemical and materials engineering respectively.

While delivering the convocation address, the Managing Director FFC extended his heartiest felicitations to the graduating students, their proud parents and the esteemed faculty. He said that after completing their formal education, the fresh graduates were then on the threshold of their professional careers. "I can see prospective industrialists in you, and hope that you would take on professional challenges willingly only to transform them into golden opportunities," the chief guest advised the students. He was also all-praise for the fast-paced growth of SCME, terming the school a glorious addition to NUST. He maintained that NUST and FFC were working in a close and productive partnership with each other, adding that such academia-industry linkages would augur well for the economic growth of the country. In his address, the MD also invited the Chemical Engineering Gold Medalist to join the renowned fertilizer company.

Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar also gave his insightful address at the occasion. He said that it was indeed a matter of great pride for NUST to have been able to produce its first batch of Chemical and Materials Engineering graduates. He asserted that School of Chemical and Materials Engineering was undergoing a rapid evolutionary growth and was offering undergraduate, MS and PhD programmes. He said that Centre for Energy Systems had sprung out of SCME, which was also progressing along well. He felt elated to mention that CES had turned out to be a centre of excellence in the energy sector in Pakistan. At the end, the Rector extended his gratitude to the esteemed chief guest for having spared time out of his pressing engagements to grace the auspicious occasion.