ISLAMABAD - About 323 graduate and postgraduate students of Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4, for the session 2010-12 were awarded degrees at the 29th convocation and prize distribution ceremony held in the college premises on Wednesday.

Twenty-three graduate and 15 postgraduate students received Rolls of Honour for their outstanding performances in different university examinations. The Hameed Alvi Gold Medal was conferred on Nighat Shaheen, who stood first in her class in the Punjab University examination in the year 2012. The Azra Raza Excellence Award, which carries a cash award of Rs 50,000, was awarded to Sidra Pervaiz, a graduate of the year 2012. Dr Eatazaz Ahmad, vice chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad who was the chief guest on the occasion, said Islam does not prohibit girls education. An educated mother can guide her children in a better way and investment in education, especially girls education, is very vital for the progress of the country.

He motivated the newly graduates to serve the nation in future. "The students are the builders of future. They are decision-makers," he added. He urged the students to work for the betterment of the homeland. On the occasion he also announced a scholarship in the name of Musarat Almas (his sister) for the college.

Firdaus Fatima, principal of the college, in her address highlighted the performance of the institution. "In 2012 the overall pass percentage at the intermediate level was 74 per cent while the overall percentage at the graduate level remained 56 per cent. The pass percentage of masters programme in mass communication in the year 2012 remained 97 per cent," she said. Out of 38 students who appeared in the university examination, 35 got 1st division.

The principal informed that it is the only college in Pakistan that has been granted licence by PEMRA. The Voice of Margalla FM 98.6 has been successfully running test transmission since 2011.