BAHAWALPUR - After over a decade-long delay, thousands of position holders and other successful students of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur finally got their awards and degrees here on Tuesday, as per the Punjab governor.

The Punjab governor along with the IUB vice chancellor distributed medals and certificates to the position holders as 24 scholars got degrees of PhD, 84 of MPhil, 99 got gold medals and silver medals in various disciplines.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafiq Rajwana said that nations could only make progress with a strong economy and academic system. The era of globalisation has opened new avenues of prosperity around the globe, he said. He added that government was paying special attention for the provision of quality education at the higher level to the students of South Punjab.

He was addressing 13th convocation of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The governor along with Vice Chancellor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq distributed medals and certificates to the position holders. Out of 1,877 students, 24 scholars got degrees of PhD, 84 of MPhil, 99 got gold medals and silver medals in various disciplines.

While congratulating the student, the chancellor urged them to share and use their expertise and knowledge in the practical field for the nation-building of the society. He said that the youth had immense potential and guarantees bright future thus the government was investing in education.

He said, "We are facing huge economic challenges, only our youth with their capabilities can help fight these challenges." Rajwana termed students' talent great national asset. He asked the faculty members to come forward and impart quality education to students. He congratulated the vice chancellor on transforming the university into the hub of academic and research activities in the past three years. He hoped that the university would soon find place among the top universities of the country. 

Earlier, Dr Qaiser in his welcome address highlighted the achievements of the university. He said that university's ranking among other universities of the country has increased manyfold and standing at eleventh position in national ranking and sixth in research in Punjab due to completion of different mega projects.

Around 147,000 degrees were pending for the last many years which had become a major academic and administrative issue. It would not have been possible without the collaboration of Chancellor's office that the decade long problem had been resolved helping thousands of students to get their degrees.

During university's 40-year history, a total of 7 convocations were held to award 82,354 degrees and during the last three years, 7 convocations took place to give 80,946 degrees. He said 1,31,667 degrees were issued in three years ranging from academic sessions 2011 to 2017. He said that during the last three years two hundred and thirty seven faculty members have been appointed as professors, associate professors and assistant professors.