rawalpindi - Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has said that brilliant young generation is the future of prosperous Pakistan and education, especially women education , is indeed the key to prosperity.

He added that laws are necessary but not sufficient for countering intolerance in individual’s attitude. “Rather, true education makes us more understanding, compassionate and generous,” he said. He said this while addressing the 15th convocation of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) held yesterday at the Jinnah Convention Centre to commemorate the academic accomplishments of its students’ outstanding achievements in their academic career.

Chancellor FJWU and Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana conferred degrees on the graduating students at bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD levels. A total of 1,370 students were awarded degrees this year including 1 PhD, 130 MPhil, 669 masters and 570 bachelors. More over 30 gold and silver medals were also awarded to the students having distinction in their respective programmes.

The governor congratulated the students and their parents on their splendid success and said, “Unless our universities become the hub of generating new ideas and promote culture of tolerance, we cannot march forward on the path of progress and prosperity.” He added that development and promotion of education has been a key area of the present government. In this regard universities should emphasise upon establishing linkages among academia, industry and vocational training institutions through a well formulated strategy. He also appreciated the FJWU’s active links of the university with the national and international universities and research organisations to facilitate young researchers to update their knowledge.

Rajwana paid tributes to the martyrs of armed forces of Pakistan in war against terror. He said, “We have been in a state of war for more than one and half decades. The government has taken many measures to provide security to the educational institutions.” He said, “We are looking forward to provide funds wherever necessary for the security and futuristic projects of the university. I am confident that the university’s leadership would put these funds to good use. FJWU will soon emerge with a truly national character as a research-based university.”

Earlier in her welcome address, FJWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir expressed her gratitude to the chancellor FJWU and governor Punjab for his presence in the convocation. She said that FJWU is doing its best to provide international exposure to its students and faculty by encouraging participation in international and national conferences.

Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmed also spoke on the occasion. He said that HEC is very much focused on improving the education standards in Pakistan and taking various steps. The Bank of Punjab awarded cash prizes for the top scoring students in the department of business administration. The students included Mamoona Naz, Komal Shahzad, Aqsa Murtaz and Sidra Babar Khan.  A gold medal by the First Women Bank went to Noor Saba Muneeb, top scoring student of the department of economics.