LAHORE – Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran on Saturday said that PU had set another record in academic history of Pakistan by producing more than 200 PhDs in a year. He said that probably no university in Pakistan had produced even 150 PhDs in a year but PU was performing far better than all others and that the difference would widen in coming years.

 The VC was addressing the 121st Convocation of Punjab University. PU Registrar Dr Khan Raas Masood, Controller Examinations Dr Liaqat Ali, Chairman Convocation Committee Dr Haris Rashid, Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning Dr Mazhar Moeen, heads of various departments, members of syndicate and senate, administrative officers, people from various walks of life and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

For the first time in decades, the proceedings of convocation were held in Urdu language. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Kamran said that knowledge was the source of power and respect but no nation could become knowledgeable without strength of character. He said that the average educational spending of the world was around 4-5 percent of GDP but we were reducing our spending on education.

He said that our population was increasing but unfortunately, our rulers had cut educational budget from 2 percent to around 1.5 percent of GDP.

Earlier, 206 PhD, 345 M Phil, 339 Master’s and 180 undergraduate degrees while 211 medals were distributed.

As many as 84 medals were distributed among 71 undergraduate students while 127 medals were distributed among 84 Master’s students. A total of 1225 degrees were distributed in the convocation.

PhDs in rare areas: Because of special focus of the current administration on promotion of research culture, Punjab University has produced PhDs in the subjects where research work was ignored in the past. Dr Nadeem Shafique did his PhD in Statistics, Dr Hafiz Rizwana did her PhD in Math and Dr Farhat Zafar did her PhD in Law. They were the only PhDs in their subjects this year.

Two lucky couples, sisters and a family: In Punjab University’s 121st Convocation, there were two couples and two sisters who did their PhDs this year. Dr Akmal Rahim did his PhD in Botany while his wife Dr Farkhunda Jameel did her PhD in Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics. Dr Saadat Ali and his wife Dr Ishrat Aziz did their PhDs in biological sciences. Dr Ans Nazar did his PhD in Islamic Studies. They are ten brothers and sisters and all are Hafiz-e-Quran. Six out of the ten are PhDs.

Special persons prove to be ‘special’: Two special persons proved that if they were provided with a chance, they would show skills equal to the normal human beings do with their undefeated efforts. Dr Amir Hanif, a blind, did his PhD in History while Dr Taimur Hasan, a blind, did his PhD in Urdu language this year.