ISLAMABAD – The 3rd convocation ceremony of the Air University was held here at Jinnah Convention Centre on Saturday.

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force who is also Chairman Board of Governors of the Air University, was the chief guest on the occasion. Bachelors and Masters degrees of various educational disciplines in engineering and administration programmes were conferred upon 595 students. The chief guest awarded 26 gold and 19 silver medals to the position holders.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest said, “The extension of Air University’s programmes from the disciplines of engineering to administrative sciences, basic & applied sciences as well as social sciences is a clear manifestation of its keenness to serve the nation through contributions in diverse fields of education.

With its focus on discipline and ethics, Air University is providing an atmosphere that is conducive for learning. I am very happy to note that this congenial environment of the university is promoting quality education and effective citizenship.”

He further said, “Universities are gateways of authentic information, and its lateral flow to the industry is essential for the benefit of society at large.

I am glad to note that Air University is actively involved in this vital pursuit”.

Congratulating the graduating students, their parents and the Air University faculty, the chief guest said that it is their hard work that has made this day of rewards possible, and has led the University in making exponential progress and building up a solid reputation as an academic institution.

Earlier, Dr Ijaz Ahmad Malik, Vice Chancellor of the Air University, in his welcome address expressed that the Air University laid emphasis on quality enhancement in education, research and development, and character building of students who actively participated in all the curricular and co-curricular activities.

 He thanked the Higher Education Commission and the Pakistan Air Force for their continual supports towards the university and also awarded degrees to the graduating students.

Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairman Higher Education Commission, Chancellor Air University, heads of various educational institutions, senior civil and military officers and parents of the graduating students attended the function.