892 students conferred degrees at IBA convocation

PR KARACHI – 892 students were conferred degrees at the convocation ceremony of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi held at the Main Campus, University Enclave.

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, former federal minister and Chairman HEC Pakistan, was the chief guest at the occasion. Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair (Patron, IBA) and Dean and Director, IBA Karachi, Dr Farrukh Iqbal were also present.

Welcoming the esteemed guests which included the families of graduates and the IBA Faculty members, Dr Farrukh Iqbal mentioned the broadening of the academic base at the IBA with three new disciplines namely Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, Accounting & Finance and Economics & Mathematics being introduced in the past five years. Dr. Farrukh stated that the IBA’s full-time faculty strength is 118, of which, 65 are PhDs. He noted that the IBA has shifted its focus towards research and last year 14 papers penned down by faculty members were published in internationally ranked journals compared to just 2, eight years back. Dean IBA highlighted the diversity at the IBA and pointed out that students were recruited from remote and marginalized areas of Pakistan through our Talent Hunt Program and provided free-of-cost education throughout 4 years. He elaborated that over the years, thousands of professionals have benefited from short courses and diplomas through various the IBA’s Centres of Excellence.

Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman gave a presentation on ‘Science & Innovation for Socio-Economic Development’. He explained that socio-economic development is no longer dependent on natural resources and the world economy is now driven by knowledge. He emphasized on the importance of quality higher education and appreciated the IBA’s role in imparting it in multiple disciplines of higher learning.

Dr Atta-ur-Rahman awarded medals, shields and certificates to the high achievers in various disciplines. This graduating batch also comprised the first cohort of the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts graduates. The breakup of the IBA graduates included 721 undergraduates, 170 graduates and a PhD, in various disciplines.

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