ISLAMABAD -The eighth convocation of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi was held at the Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad to commemorate the academic accomplishments of its students here on Wednesday. Some 55 students were also honoured with gold medals and silver medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career in the convocation. Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University and Governor Punjab Salman Taseer graced the occasion with his presence and conferred degrees on the graduating students of Masters and undergraduate programs. Speaking on the occasion, Governor Salman Taseer congratulated the students and their parents on their splendid success and said that the future of our country is brilliant with people like you. While calling young students as the custodians of the future of the country, he advised them to work for the underprivileged women of the society. Governor Salman Taseer assured his full cooperation and support for the development of the University and establishment of new campus at Chakri Road and the school of Cultural Heritage, Art, Architecture and Jewelry design education at the Soojan Singh Haveli. He said that the FJWU has progressed a lot and the academic programs of the university are in line with our national goals and aspirations enabling the young women of Pakistan to discover their strength and identity. He appreciated the role of FJWU in providing the quality education to the women of Pakistan. He said that today the universities have become a key driver of social development in any country as innovation, creativity and higher education are necessary for development and progress. Dr. Saeeda Shah, Associate Professor, School of Education University of Leicester, UK was the keynote speaker. While addressing on the occasion, she said that universities can play a major role in producing new historical knowledge. She said that the Muslims have a history with a huge abundance of female role models in every arena of life. "In Islam women's role has been tremendously outstanding with regard to seeking and giving knowledge and FJWU is making huge contributions to the national cause of educating women," she maintained. In her welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan said that with the blessings of Allah, the university, after successfully completing its first decade, is now entering a new phase of advancement in the field of education. The Vice Chancellor admired the students honoured with gold medals and silver medals for their dedication, outstanding achievements in their academic career. She also briefly gave an overview of the development carried out in the university. She informed that the university's development programme envisages the building of a new campus at Chakri Road. She further added that the school of Culture Heritage, Art, Architecture and Jewelry design education will also be set up in the Soojan Singh Haveli to foster our historical identity. Total 836 students were awarded degrees in the convocation. In the Masters Programs, 638 students of Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Business Administration, Communication Sciences, Computer Sciences, Defence Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, English, Gender Studies, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies and Public Administration were awarded degrees while 198 students of Undergraduate Programs of Economics, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, Bachelor's of Computer Arts and Software Engineering were awarded degrees. The Chancellor Salmaan Taseer along with the Vice Chancellor FJWU Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan awarded 28 Gold medals and 27 Silver medals to the students, who achieved top positions in their respective Departments to acknowledge their outstanding performance. The ceremony formally ended with a vote of thanks by the Registrar FJWU, Ms. Maryam Rab.