GUJRAT-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ziaul Qayyum urged the graduating students at the maiden convocation of the University of Gujrat (UoG) Sub-Campus Rawalpindi on Friday to pull up their socks and serve the country, using the knowledge and skills gained during successful completion of their academic journey.

Dr Ziaul Qayyum, who was the chief guest at the convocation ceremony, conferred degrees on as many as 943 female students who successfully completed their studies in BS honours and MA/MSc in various disciplines after the Govt Postgraduate College for Women Satellite Town was upgraded to UoG sub-campus in 2010. Gold medals were awarded to 17 toppers. Second and third position holders were also honoured. Director campus Dr Alia Suhail Khan was the host of the ceremony.

Dr Ziaul Qayyum during his address at the ceremony stressed the need for strengthening the country's higher education system to achieve the long-cherished sustainable development goal.

"In this fast-paced era of technological development, promotion of higher education has become an integral part of our national narrative," Dr Zia said, emphasizing the significance of vision, dedication and honest approach for any short- and long-term higher education project to make a worthwhile change. He lauded the role of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) in streamlining and strengthening the higher education system in the country by promoting the culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth.

The UoG vice chancellor vowed to extend full support to facilitate the students at the sub-campus in their academic journey. He urged the graduating students to pull up their socks and serve the country using their knowledge and skills gained in their respective fields.

Dr Alia Suhail highlighted the achievements of the students in various academic and co-curricular activities during the past few years. She expressed the hope that providing the best facilities to our students would go a long way in getting closer to our social and economic development goals. Earlier, Dr Zia inaugurated the renovated main auditorium Fatima Hall, the venue of the ceremony.

Among the guests of honour at the ceremony included UoG Registrar Dr Tahir Aqil, Deans Prof Dr Muhammad Faheem Malik, Dr Fareeshullah Yousufzai, Dr Abdul Rehman, and Dr Fauzia Maqsood. Directors, HoDs, and sub-campus faculty and administration members also attended the ceremony.

There are about 5,000 students enrolled in 16 different programmes of BS honours and 6 programmes of MA/MSc at the UoG sub-campus.