ISLAMABAD  - The 9th convocation of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Islamabad was held on Thursday wherein over 926 graduates of different disciplines were awarded degrees. 

Noted scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand graced the occasion as chief guest while Mian Amer Mahmood, Chancellor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Presided over the convocation. Members of the Board of Governors of the university and a large number of parents of the graduating students were also present.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Samar Mubarakmand said that in the present day scenario, education does not end with acquiring a degree, it is a lifelong affair exploring new horizons and broadening of the vision, marching on a never-ending journey towards new frontiers of knowledge. 

"The role of higher education becomes more prominent and wide ranging. In the present times, we do not only need just the conventional types of education. We are now faced with challenges of different types and it is the higher education, which plays a key role in determining the position of a nation in today's knowledge driven economy. It guarantees sustainable progress and assures a place of respect to both individuals and nations," he added.

Nine graduates received their Ph.D degrees; including Sayyed M. Mehdi Raza Naqvi, Komal Khalid, Muhammad Arif, Hasan Rasool and Saman Attiq in the field of Management Science, Muhammad Ajab, Muhammad Rafiq and Qudrat Khan in the field of Electronic Engineering and Ghufran Ahmed in the field of Computer Science.

The chief guest also awarded 66 medals which include 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals to the graduates who stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective degree programmes. The 'Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal' was also awarded to an overall best graduate of the Convocation Khurram Elahi, graduate of MS Management Science, on his distinguished performance in curricular and extracurricular activities.

At the end, President Mohammad Ali Jinnah University Dr Abdul Wahab congratulated the graduates and thanked to the Chief Guest and the audiences for sparing their valuable time to attend this Convocation.

President of the University Dr Abdul Wahab took an oath from the graduating students that they would fulfill their responsibilities to the best of their potential for the progress and prosperity of the nation.