LAHORE (Press Release) - The 20th convocation of the University of Central Punjab was held at the Expo Centre.

Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana graced the occasion as chief guest, while US Consulate General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau was present as guests of honour.

A total number of 1,434 men and women received their degrees. Ushna Afzal received the Roll of Honour for her outstanding performance whereas Mahad Afzal and Aqib Javaid were awarded Excellence Certificates on their outstanding performance in extracurricular and sport, respectively.

A total of 84 position holders were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals and 188 graduates received MS/MPhil degrees.  Speaking at the ceremony, Rajwana congratulated the students, saying that they should be thankful to their parents for making all-out efforts to make their sons and daughters reach where they are today. He requested parents to let their daughters contribute to Pakistan’s prosperity. If after graduation they stay at home, then their education is wasted and Pakistan needs their talent and skill direly today.

Addressing the students, he said. “This day demands students to save the nation, as future of Pakistan is in their hands and they are safe hands.” Talking about terrorism, he said Pakistan has sacrificed the most for peace in the region and it condemns all sorts of terrorist activities everywhere in the world. He said, “We should make all efforts to provide social justice to underprivileged people to promote the increasing corporate social service for the needy.

Trudeau congratulated the students and said it is their day. She appreciated the contribution made by the University of Central Punjab to promotion of higher education in the country. The pro-rector of the University of Central Punjab thanked in his welcome address the honourable chief guest, guest of honour and other distinguished guests for being at the convocation. He acknowledged the contribution made by Mian Amer Mahmood to the education sector in Pakistan, saying that Mian Amer had indeed proved to be a visionary and an exceptionally talented entrepreneur. He also thanked the US consul general for her presence at the convocation. He commended the role of US Education Fund and the United States Agency for International Development in supporting and promoting education and making it accessible at basic and tertiary level in Pakistan. He also thanked distinguished senior executives from the corporate sector for their support to the university by facilitating students in internships, training, research and employment.

He mentioned in detail new developments at UCP. These developments included establishment of a state of the art production house at the School of Media and Communication Studies and CPEC Centre with a mission to promote research, education and training on Chinese and Pakistani business practices, policies and management. A Center of Robotics established in 2016 at Faculty of Information Technology has been successful in attracting international funding since its inception. TECH 2.0 – UCP Business Incubation Centre is established to encourage and promote venture creation among students, particularly, technology based ventures. The university has also allocated facility to host nearly 30 entrepreneurs, where the selected ones shall be given stipend of Rs15,000 per month.

The UCP Business School has introduced more than 15 courses at BBA, MBA and MS level, related to entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management, making our entrepreneurial curriculum the most diverse and comprehensive.

Moreover, the UCP Business School has announced its 5th International Conference with a theme “Entrepreneurial Thinking for Strategic Excellence” that further reiterates its commitment and realisation of this very important phenomenon.

UCP has established Faculty of Law this year. This is a five years honours programme in line with HEC and Pakistan Bar Council rules and curriculum. The newly established Faculty of Law has glorious history of over twenty-eight years to its credit as Punjab Law College. The list of prominent lawyers the college produced includes Salman Akram Raja, Waleed Iqbal, Tafazzul Hussain Rizvi and a few honourable judges of the Lahore High Court.

This year, he said, the university organised a Model United Nations Conference which was attended by more than 200 delegates from all over the country as well as from abroad including Holland and Jordon. “Along with the goal of achieving excellence in education, we place equal emphasis on extra-curricular activities for our students. In this regard, our students’ council, consisting of about 30 societies, is engaging students in multiple activities for grooming their personality and developing leadership skills,” he said.