Islamabad - Over 200 graduates received degrees in the disciplines of chemical and materials engineering, economics, mass communication and public administration at the combined undergraduate convocation of School of Chemical and Materials Engineering and School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).

Held at the main campus of the university here on Wednesday, the ceremony was graced by Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar as chief guest. Besides parents, faculty and students, a large number of distinguished guests were also present on the occasion. President’s Gold Medals for being the best in academics were awarded to Mehrunnisa Irfan (chemical engineering), Nadia Naseer (materials engineering), Sadaf Basharat (public administration), Fizza Bangash (mass communication), and Khaula Waqar Jhagra and Syed Rafay Mahmood (economics). Rector’s Gold Medals for the best projects were awarded to Asjad Naeem Mukaddam (chemical engineering) and Hassan Zafar Khan (materials engineering). On the occasion, Best Teacher Award and Best Researcher Award for the year 2013 were also conferred upon Dr Habib Nasir (chemical engineering department) and Dr Amir Habib (material engineering department) respectively.

While delivering the convocation address, the Rector NUST advised the students to keep growing in knowledge and professional expertise and give the society the best they could. Pinning high hopes on the new graduates, he said that they should take on professional challenges willingly only to transform them into golden opportunities. The chief guest apprised the audience of how NUST had been taking monumental strides forward since its inception over two decades ago.