ISLAMABAD - A total of 145 graduating students received their degrees in the disciplines of Telecom and Software Engineering at the 20th Undergraduate Convocation held at Military College of Signals (MCS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar graced the ceremony as the chief guest. The students who excelled in their respective disciplines were awarded medals on the occasion. Presidents Gold Medals were awarded to NUST Cadet Hassan Bin Tila course TE-44 and NUST Cadet Samia Ahmed course BESE-13; Chief of Army Staffs Gold Medal was received by Capt. Abdullah Buzdar course Te-44 while NUST cadet Mahnum Maqsood TCC-19 and NUST cadet Rameez Lehrasib Rehman BESE-13 were awarded Rectors Gold Medals for their outstanding performance in their degree projects. In his address, the Rector extended his felicitations to the faculty, graduating students and their parents. The chief guest said that it was a very special day for the graduating students as they were stepping into the vast world of science and technology as professional engineers. Engineering profession is synonymous with creativity, which makes it distinct from all other professions. After graduation, the young engineers become an international commodity because their activities would not be confined only to one place but their scope stretches to each and every corner of the world, he said. He advised them to live with this pride and deep-rooted aspiration that they have to excel and cope with the fast changing world by readily introducing themselves to the new technologies and other scientific advancements. He further emphasised that students should know that these technologies are burgeoning frontiers which, if investigated and explored with the truest spirit of inquiry, can open up innumerable technological advancements for the progress of the nation. Counting achievements of the University, Engr Muhammad Asghar said that the farsighted vision of NUST has given a new direction to scientific education and research in the country. The Universitys collaboration with reputed foreign universities and linkage with local industries is contributing significantly to national scientific and technical landscape. The Rector lauded the role of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for promoting research culture in the universities as well as developing quality criteria aimed at enhancing the standard of higher education institutions to international level. Commandant of the College, Maj Gen Shahid Maqbool presented the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the institution in terms of curricular and co-curricular activities, quantitative and qualitative increase in the faculty, improvement of physical facilities and upgradation of learning resources.