Islamabad - Over 634 graduates of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) were awarded degrees in the 11th convocation of the varsity yesterday.

The graduates were conferred upon the degrees of BBA, MBA, BS, MS and PhD in the fields of Management Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Computer Science and Bioinformatics.

Seven PhD graduates received their PhD degrees including Ayesha Noor, Muhammad Faisal Rizwan, Nadeem Iqbal and Tariq Iqbal Khan in the field of Management Science, while Mohammad Zumard Shah, Muhammad Riaz and Yasir Awais Butt in the field of Electronic Engineering.

The Chief Guest also awarded 49 medals which include 21 Gold, 14 Silver and 14 Bronze medals, to the graduates who stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective degree programs. The ‘Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal’ was also awarded to an overall best graduate of the Convocation Miss Qudsia Adalat, graduate of MBA, on her overall distinguished performance in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Addressing the gathering, Engr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Education and Professional Training said in the present day scenario, education does not end with acquiring a degree; it is a lifelong affair exploring new horizons, and broadening of the vision, marching on a never-ending journey towards new frontiers of knowledge.

In the present times, he said, we do not only need just the conventional types of education, we are now faced with challenges of different types and it is the higher education which plays a key role in determining the position of a nation in today’s knowledge driven economy. It guarantees sustainable progress and assures a place of respect to both individuals and nations, he further added.

Dr Inam Gillani, Chairman Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, while addressing the occasion said that Muslim scientist remained torch bearer in the field of science and their masterpieces remained included in the curricula for more than 500 years.

In order to rise again, it is dire need of the day that Muslim youth must excel in the field of research and science.