Islamabad - As many as 125 students received their Bachelor’s degrees in the disciplines of economics, mass communication, and government & public policy while another 19 got Master of Science (MS) degrees in Economics at the second convocation of NUST School of Social Sciences and Humanities (S3H), held yesterday. Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz graced the occasion as a chief guest.

In his address, Aziz said that social sciences played a fundamental role in the progress of any country and that Pakistan also needed to benefit from these disciplines through their promotion in the country’s higher education.

Quoting one of his professors at the Harvard University from where he had graduated in 1963, Aziz said that attention must be focused on education and research in social sciences as they held promise for the multifarious development of a country.

Earlier, the chief guest awarded President’s Gold Medals and three Chancellor’s Silver Medals to students for outstanding academic achievements.

Ayesha Amjad Qaisrani won the gold medal in MS Economics, Hira Nisar Khan in Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics and Amina Mazhar in BS Mass Communication. Mishaal Mariam Khan received a silver medal in Bachelor of Public Administration, Alishba Rasheed in BS Economics, and Sundus Zafar in BS Mass Communication.

The Best Teacher Award for the year 2015 was given to Saeeda Batool, a faculty member at Economics Department while Assistant Professor Dr Faisal Jamil was conferred the Best Researcher Award for 2015. Rector NUST Engineer Muhammad Asghar also addressed the august gathering.

He said that NUST was among the top 400 world engineering universities and among the top 100 young universities in the world, according to international ranking agencies. The Rector urged the students, especially women, to join the workforce after graduation.

In his welcome address, Principal and Dean S3H Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan congratulated the graduating students and thanked their parents and the school’s faculty for their hard work over the years.