ISLAMABAD -  A total of 965 students were awarded degrees in the 10th convocation of Bahria University here at Jinnah Convention Centre on Saturday.

Students were also honoured with 22 gold medals and 17 silver medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career. Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University and Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila NI(M), conferred degrees on the graduating students of masters and undergraduate programs.

Anwa Sohail, Sidra Malik, Ubaid-ullah Amir, Maham Khalil, Madeeha Tahir, Usman Afzal of management sciences department, Sana Mahmud and Sidra Riaz of (BSS) humanities and social sciences department, Hafiz Muhammad Bilal, Usman Shafique, Bushra Sattar, and Momina Khan of computer sciences department, Kaynat Zia Of (BS) ETM, Bushra, Masab Toosy, Bilal Ahmed Malik, Hiba Zahra, Saad Iltaf, Hira Eijaz, and Syeda Sara Haider of earth and environmental sciences department, and Haris Mumtaz and Muhammad Owais of software engineering department received gold medals.

While speaking to the students at the occasion Asif Sandila said that Bahria University has incorporated in its system extra educational measures to promote multi-faceted education. He urged the academia to come forward with strong commitment to contribute in the nation-building process, as the nation is set to embark on strengthening state institutions.

He also shed light on the important role of faculty of the university, which has to be conscious of the fact that they are preparing our youth who are required to steer this nation out of the present crises which is multi-faceted and complex.

Earlier in his welcome address, Rector Vice Admiral (Retd) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) briefly gave an overview about academic infrastructure, faculty development, revision of curriculum and introduction of additional academic discipline in sync with market trends.

He also talked about the establishment of new Lahore Campus of BU and girls hostel at Islamabad campus. Bahria University has established linkages with 25 foreign universities and recently organised a two days international conference on "Emerging Challenges for Organisations in Developing Economies" in which 7 international and 9 national scholars enlightened the academicians, researchers and students on the subject, he added.  He also mentioned about the student merit and need-based scholarship and its amount which has been increased to Rs 25 million.  This will provide an opportunity to students coming from low-income background to pursue education in Bahria University, which offers enabling learning environment to its students.