rawalpindi - Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on Thursday urged the women graduates to carry forward the mission of Fatima Jinnah .

He was addressing the 17th convocation of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi at Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad. He stressed importance of women education and said that educated mothers were universities in themselves.  The governor conferred degrees to 1,409 students, including two PhD, 124 MPhil, 456 masters and 827 bachelors.

Referring to construction of new academic block at the varsity, the governor assured full support of Punjab government of for the project.

Rajwana said that the foremost responsibility of the universities was to produce well-informed, motivated and cultured citizens. He stressed the importance of working together to take the country forward on the path of inclusive growth and development.

The governor specifically addressed media students and urged them to produce positivity in media. He said that it was responsibility of the media to highlight social ills, but at the same time, the media should also portray positive side of the social system, he said.

Over 60 gold and silver medals were also awarded to the students having obtained distinction in their respective programmes. Sponsored gold medals were also awarded by First Women Bank, Media Development Trust, Pakistan Foreign Office Women Association and in the memory of Qudrat Ullah Shahab, while the Bank of Punjab awarded cash prizes.

In her welcome address, Vice Chancellor Dr Samina Amin Qadir highlighted achievements of the varsity since last year, both in expanding facilities and infrastructure along with addition of two new undergraduate programmes in anthropology and sociology and MPhil programmes in computer science, Islamic studies and mathematics. She highlighted achievements of faculty members as well such as completion of post-doctorate of two faculty members from Harvard University, USA and Queen Mary College, University of London, UK respectively. Also, five faculty members joined back after completing their PhDs from different universities of the world, she said.

Mentioning the recent construction projects completed by the FJWU, the VC said that US-sponsored building of education department and HEC-sponsored girls’ hostel, accommodating 903 students, had become functional. She further said that construction of Campus-II at Chakri Road, Rawalpindi along with residential facility for over 25,000 students was another ongoing project.

Moreover, she updated about the construction of academic block being planned at city campus. She said that the proposed project, covering an area of 99,574 square feet with an estimated cost of over Rs566 million, was currently in the process of getting approval from the government of Punjab. This block will further accommodate 8 new market-oriented academic disciplines, she said.

She mentioned academic links of the FJWU with various world renowned international universities and industrial organisations. She updated that the FJWU had filed 2 patents, established collaborative linkages with 32 national and 41 international partners, while 28 research projects were currently in operational stage. The FJWU is publishing 4 research journals, adding to the academic strength of the university, she said.