Over 2,800 students and scholars from different disciplines received their Masters, MPhil and PhD degrees as the 11th Convocation of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan was held here at Jinnah Auditorium of the varsity on Tuesday.

BZU Vice Chancellor Dr Syed Khawaja Alqama gave away medals and degrees to students on behalf of Governor Punjab. As many as 97 students received gold medals for showing distinction.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Alqama said that developing countries like Pakistan were faced with multiple challenges because of Globalization and Information Evolution, adding that the graduates of BZU could bring a positive change in the lives of Pakistanis by utilizing their knowledge and skills. He said that the BZU played as a catalyst for change in the region as its graduates carried out laudable efforts for the economic uplift of the society.

He pointed out that the varsity needed highly capable teachers to cope with the challenges of 21st Century. He disclosed that a big number of foreign scholarships were granted to the faculty members under faculty development programme. He said that the quality enhancement department of the varsity organized higher education system in a systematic way and evolved long and short term courses.

Referring to extracurricular activities, he said that a new sports complex and gymnasium were being established in BZU where indoor games facilities and swimming pool would be available. He added that the students of BZU regularly participated in national events as the varsity administration prepared them for taking up challenges in their future lives.

He declared that the BZU would be turned into a green university very soon. He disclosed that 35,000 trees and 35,000 oriental plants were planted in the campus during previous year.