Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana stressed upon the students and faculty of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) on Saturday to adopt modern methods to conduct research and invent new technologies for putting Pakistan on path of progress and prosperity.

Addressing the participants of 12th Convocation of BZU, he added that the BZU would sign agreements with foreign universities soon under which the faculty members would go abroad and get latest knowledge in their respective fields. He declared that he would use his office to get established a medical college in BZU.

The governor was of the opinion that educational institutions and their faculty members should exhibit responsible behaviours for lifting educational standards. “We need to put special focus on the education and character building of our students so that they can contribute to the society for its progress,” he added.

He said that the students were a great national asset as they would have to hold the reign of the country in the coming days. He asked the students to go to the work field with a passion to serve the country and humanity. He said that the position holders and gold medalists owed a lot to their parents as the prayers of the parents got them these laurels. “Go back home and touch the feet of your parents for all their love and prayers,” he suggested to the students.

He said that the country gave opportunities to the youth to get higher education and now it is their turn to pay back to their society. “Serve the humanity and never neglect an ordinary citizen. We need to do a lot for our country and its common citizens,” he asserted. He said that the Punjab Government had launched a number of programmes like vocational trainings, education for the children of brick kiln workers, laptop scheme and scholarships to boost literacy in the province. He declared that each child would get basic education in Punjab by 2018.

The governor paid tribute to the armed forces and said that we should not forget the sacrifices rendered by the students of Army Public School and Charsada University. He said that he was son of soil and he had an affiliation with the BZU, thus he would leave no stone unturned to lift this educational institution.

Speaking on the occasion, BZU Vice Chancellor Dr Tahir Ameen said that special emphasis has been laid on quality enhancement besides many other steps for the uplift of the varsity. He hoped that the efforts being made by the university administration would result in the improvement of its national ranking. He disclosed that agreements are being signed with different institutions to improve capacity of the students.

Earlier, the governor granted degrees to PhD scholars and gold medals to the position-holders. A total of 94 PhD and 29 MPhil scholars as well as 3,381 graduates got their degrees while 189 position-holders received their gold medals.

Federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Nizamuddin, RPO Tariq Masood Yaseen, Commissioner Capt (r) Asad Ullah Khan, MNAs, MPAs and faculty members were also present on this occasion.

Later on, the governor also chaired the first convocation of Nishtar Dental College. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed upon the medics to exhibit utmost commitment to their profession and honour the oath they used to take at the time of joining this sacred profession. He further asked the doctors to go to the areas where they were posted and serve humanity besides treating the patients well. He asked lady doctors to get further education in medical field and serve the society. He said that work on health projects in Multan was underway and many projects were in final stages. He disclosed that a plan was being prepared to set up fountain house in Multan while kidney centre was also near completion. He said that he was working to set up a trust in Multan which would serve the people in the fields of education and health.

Later on, he conferred medals and degrees on the position holders and graduates. Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences Maj-Gen (r) Muhammad Aslam, Principal of Dental College Dr Kamran Salik, Principal of Nishtar Medical College Dr Riaz Ahmad, Chairman Nishtar Board of Management Kh Jalal Uddin Roomi and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.

MEDIAMEN INVITED TO LAHORE: Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana has invited the representatives of all press clubs of South Punjab to visit him in Lahore and brief him on the problems faced by them.

Talking to the journalists here at Multan Press Club on Saturday, the Governor added that he would make all out efforts to resolve problems being faced by the journalist community of South Punjab. He said that he was proud of the journalists of Multan and Multan Press Club as they always promoted positive journalism and played key role in resolving problems faced by the public.

He pointed out that health, education and clean drinking water stood at the top of government’s priority and projects in all the three fields were underway in South Punjab under a comprehensive strategy. He said that Multan Metro project was in final phase and it was a great gift for the residents of Multan from the Punjab Government. He said that he had talked to the Chief Minister for the payment of development expenditures of Journalist Colony and he would visit Multan Press Club soon to make an announcement in this regard. He said that he would also talk to the Chief Minister for release of annual grant to Multan Press Club.

Earlier, Multan Press Club president Shakil Anjum welcomed the Governor and thanked him on behalf of journalists of Multan for his efforts for journalist colony.