Islamabad - As many as 560 students of master and undergraduate programmes of Bahria University were awarded degrees on Saturday.

The 13th convocation of the Bahria University Islamabad was held here at Jinnah Convention Centre to commemorate the academic accomplishments of its students. The students were also honoured with gold and silver medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career at the convocation. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is also Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University, graced the occasion as chief guest and conferred degrees upon the graduating students.

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah awarded 21 gold medals and 14 silver medals to various students who achieved top positions in their respective departments.

While congratulating the students who won the gold and silver medals for their outstanding academic performance and extending felicitations to all the degree recipients, the Naval Chief said that the global geo-political and geo-economic environment has become highly complex and challenging, due to which increasingly fierce and complex issues are confronting the world. “Under these circumstances, the role of youth for all nations in general and developing nations, like us, in particular has become extremely critical. Therefore, a number of challenges are waiting for you in the coming days. Through your sheer hard work, honesty and dedication towards your profession, you have to prove yourselves compatible with your counterparts in the developed world and become integral part of national growth and prosperity.” Admiral Zakaullah also underlined the role of universities and institutions in making students better and productive citizens.

Earlier, addressing the students Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz advised the students that their positive attitude and efficiency at the work place would reflect on them and their alma mater to get the best reward. “Never forget to apply the small virtues and morals you have learnt in life. Maintain your confidence and remain abreast with the latest developments taking place in your profession.”

He added that higher education has now become a tool of economic growth. “The universities have great responsibility of producing quality graduates who could contribute positively in various fields for economic growth of the country. Our vision is to prepare our students for the national as well as international markets through high standards of education.”

Gold medals and Silver medals were awarded to the students from each discipline to acknowledge their outstanding performance.

Ashi Iram and Shaharyar Maroof from department of software engineering, Muhammad Noman Farooq from department of computer sciences, Muhammad Bilal Razzaq, Hira Qamar, Madiha Rafiq, Mohammad Ehsan Saeed, Azka Nawaz, and Nudrat Amin from department of management sciences, Aqsa Aamir, Naila Aslam from department of social sciences, Saima Ishaq and Kanza Tauqir Gondal from department of electrical engineering, Waqar Mirza from department of computer engineering, Irum, Ambreen Nawaz, Ahmer Iqbal Bhatti, Muhammad Saqib Khan, Beenish Aslam, Jawad Farooq, and Kisa Fatima from department of earth and environmental sciences received the gold medals in their respective engineering disciplines.