ISLAMABAD - A total of 72 graduates received degrees in the disciplines of chemical and materials engineering at the second undergraduate convocation of School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology.

Held at the main campus of the University here on Saturday, the ceremony was graced by Engr Sohail Wajahat Siddeequi, CEO Karam Green Energy, as the chief guest. Besides parents, faculty and students, a large number of distinguished guests were also present at the occasion. President's Gold Medals were awarded to Chemical Engr Anum Shafique and Materials Engr Tooba Shoaib. Whereas Rector's Gold Medals for the best projects were awarded to Chemical Engr Khan Ume Salma Danish and Materials Engr Tooba Shoaib.

While delivering the convocation address, Engr Sohail Wajahat Siddeequi advised the students to keep growing in knowledge and professional expertise and give the society the best they could. Pinning high hopes on the new breed of engineers, he said he could see prospective industrialists in them, and hoped that they would take on professional challenges willingly only to transform them into golden opportunities.

The chief guest stressed the need for developing academia-industry linkages, and commended the NUST role in that area. He was all-praise for the fast-paced growth of SCME, terming the school a glorious addition to NUST.

Rector NUST Engr. Muhammad Asghar also gave his insightful address at the occasion. He said that it was indeed a matter of great pride for NUST to have been able to produce its second batch of Chemical and Materials Engineering graduates. He apprised the audience that School of Chemical and Materials Engineering was undergoing a rapid evolutionary growth and was offering Undergraduate, MS and PhD programmes.  Earlier, Principal SCME Dr. Mujahid congratulating the graduating students said, "I hope that you have not cultivated the illusion, after acquiring engineering degree, that you have completed the learning process."  He urged them to capitalize on the acquired knowledge and utilize their energies in exploring new knowledge through research.