OUR STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD - Riphah International University (RIU) held its 6th Convocation Saturday wherein 1,000 graduates and postgraduates of the university were awarded degrees. Renowned scientist Dr Samar Mubarikmand was the chief guest. Nearly, 1000 graduates and postgraduates of the university in various disciplines were awarded degrees at the convocation. They belong to Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Management Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences and Computer Sciences. Twenty-two Zulfiqar Gold Medals and 18 Chancellors Gold Medals were awarded to the graduates and postgraduates for obtaining top positions in the examinations and securing distinction for their best performance in the academic field in various disciplines. The chief guest Dr Samar Mubarakmand, in his address, said in a world imminently facing global recession we may find that the ultimate yardstick for the survival of populations will be the availability of sufficient food, clothing, cheap electricity, clean drinking water and raw materials to run the internal economies competitively. This is absolutely the minimum requirement. In case of excess production other countries too can benefit from the export of surplus food and other commodities. He said ninety five percent of the wealth of Pakistan lie under its soil in the form of huge deposits of coal, copper, gold silver, iron ore, lead, zinc, chromites and bauxite. Large gas fields and oil deposits may be lying under ground awaiting discovery. He stated that in order to break the shackles of present poverty we have to divert our brilliant human resource to the fruitful exploitation of our immense mineral wealth. He urged the private sector to invest monetarily in these ventures while the intellectual input has to be forthcoming from the universities and research institutions of the country. With a single minded focus on this vision there is no reason why the economy of the nation will not take a giant leap forward, he added. The Pro-Chancellor Hassan M. Khan, in his speech, said 'as you know, last year the worst floods in our history devastated Pakistan. So it was decided not to have convocation last year. Instead Riphah International University decided to build 40 houses for flood affectees near Charsaddah. Alhamdolillah, we have almost completed that project and the houses shall be handed over by the end of this month. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, in his speech, said Riphah International University is concerned about future of the country and Muslim Ummah and the entire humanity. Our concern for ethical values and their integration in curriculum, teaching methodology and evaluation process is based on our design to have the holistic personality of our graduates and balanced and meaningful approach in life. Zulfiqar Gold Medals were awarded to Dr. Arshad Nawaz Malik, Dr. Hafiza Tahira Tasnim, Dr. Imran Rafiq, Dr. Ashan Javed, Amina Nadir, Junaid Shahzad, Zainab Rafiq Khan, Sara Naushad, Mariyah Jamal Solaija, Najm Us Sahar, Shagufta Naz, Ahmad Hussain Tareq, Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Safdar, Muhammad Majeed Adeel, Asma Gul, Saira Ashfaq, Amnah Shafqat, Samia Kiran, Hira Qamar, Saima Safdar, Misbah Shoukat. Chancellors Gold Medals were awarded to Dr. Muhammad Saleh, Dr. Muhammad Fahad Siddique, Dr. Danyal Ahmad, Dr. Muhammad Yasir Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Salman Bashir, Amina Nadir, , Junaid Shahzad, Zainab Rafiq Khan, Mariyah Jamal Solaija, Najm Us Sahar, Shagufta Naz, Mohsin Ashraf, Rabia Akram, Rabia Zafar, Fatim Tu Zahra, Hira Qamar, Malik Muhammad Waqas Amin, Misbah Shoukat.