ISLAMABAD - As many as 500 students were awarded degrees in various disciplines on Monday at the 2nd convocation of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology Islamabad Campus. Dr Ashfaq Ahmad, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Advisor to PM on Science and Technology, was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Dr Mohammad Qaisar, Vice Chancellor, faculty members, students and their parents were also present on the occasion. About 500 students were awarded degrees by the chief guest in BSc Electrical Engineering( Electronics), BS/MSc (Computer Science), BS/MSc (Applied Physics), BBA, MBA, M.Sc. (Economics), M.A (Urdu), MS (Electronics), MS (Computer Science) and PhD (Economics). As many as 19 students were given gold medals. The students who received gold medals for securing first positions in their respective disciplines include Adeel Bashir, Nayyab Bushra, Hassan Khalid, Moona Mazhar, Zia-ur-Rehman, Shehbaz Akhtar, Tauseef Shahid, Saqib Rafique Bajwa, Sami ullah Abrar, Khawar Mansoor, Adnan Khan, Syed Alam Ali, Mohammad Ali, Tahir Mahmood, Wasi-ur-Rehman, Rana Mohammad Adil, Sumaira Laiaqat, Mina Ashraf and Saira Bano. The Vice Chancellor of the university speaking on the occasion informed that the university has been established in a rented building of WAPDA and it has been paying annually Rs2.5 million to WAPDA, which is a huge burden on the institution. He said a permanent building is needed to work smoothly and achieve the goals as no university can work and achieve its goals in a rented building. He said, though, the university had purchased a piece of land out of its own resources but it is insufficient for the construction of hostels, laboratories, examination hall, auditorium, gymnasium, conference hall and to adjust the growing number of students. Dr Qaisar further remarked that the university also needed financial resources for the construction of the building and in this regard it needs governments help. He lamented that the students had been facing transport problems as the university has only two buses for the students. Earlier, briefing about the university the Vice Chancellor said in Islamabad Campus about 2330 students have been getting education and 195 scholars are doing their M.Phil and PhDs. About 104 faculty members have been imparting education in four faculties and 6 disciplines. Dr Ashfaq said the issues, which have been highlighted, would be considered and every effort would be made to solve these issues on priority basis. Addressing the students he said one must get education even if he or she doesnt has any goal in life, as education itself is a goal. It not only plays a pivotal role in the personal grooming of a person but has crucial for economic development of a country. He said education should always be imparted in accordance with the contemporary needs of the country. He said nowadays the country needs harmony, which also can be achieved through imparting quality education.