MULTAN-Punjab Governor Malik Rafiq Rajwana regretted on Tuesday that the element of good upbringing has vanished from the society as the emphasis is only being laid on educating the kids, stressing that we need to offer both to the youth for country’s progress and prosperity.

“We need to offer our coming generations’ good upbringing along with education so that they can put the country on path of progress besides making it strong,” he asserted while addressing the participants of 14th Convocation of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU). As many as 53 scholars received their PhD and 3,000 other degrees while 224 students were given gold medals.

The governor stressed the need for promoting positive mindset and bring forth positive image with a view to raising the honour of the country in the world. He was of the opinion that Pakistan is faced with multiple challenges and the nation must be prepared to face these challenges successfully.

“It’s your, mine and everyone’s country. All are patriot. We need to discuss national issues instead of personal ones. We have to strengthen our institutions,” he emphasised. He said that the country would gain strength if its institutions are strong enough. He pointed out that peace is restored in the country due to the tremendous sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Army, police and other law enforcement agencies. “Today the lights of Karachi have returned and Pakistan has become a safe country,” he noted. He said that the sacrifices of students of Army Public School would be remembered forever.

He said that the students owed a lot to their parents and teachers for the degrees they received today. “Now you have completed your education and the time has come to step into practical field and serve the country,” he added. He said that it is unfortunate that the positive image of the society is not highlighted and instead negative elements are shown at the forefront. He said that future of the country is linked with future of the nation and we needed to think of it carefully while shrugging off disappointment. “You have to set aside the dark side and look for the illuminated one. You have to face challenges bravely as every challenge brings with it an opportunity,” he noted. He said that it is the youth that have to tell the world that Pakistanis are a peaceful nation.

He said that being the chancellor of the varsities, he is highly concerned about the quality of education at the higher education institutions, especially BZU and others in South Punjab. He asked the VC to utilise all-out resources to boost quality of education and lift the image of this premier institution of South Punjab. Governor Rajwana asked the students to hand their gold medals to their mothers and seek their prayers for success in life. “Pakistan is waiting for you in your respective professional fields,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, the VC Dr Tahir Ameen said that the varsity made tremendous achievements in very short period as the number of PhD faculty went up, over 200 teachers were recruited on merit, research productivity programmes were launched and special focus was put on promotion of research. He added that the ORIC department was made functional and over 200 research proposals worth Rs1,000 million were sent to the HEC. He disclosed that the BZU is ranked among 300 top universities of Asia. He said that the infrastructure is being upgraded for academic and research activities, libraries and labs have improved and sports complex has been constructed.

All deans of faculties, chairmen of departments, faculty members and administrative officers of the varsity were also present on this occasion.