KARACHI  - As many as 1362 graduates of various disciplines received degrees and medals at the 24th Convocation of Karachi University (KU) held here on Thursday.

The University conferred degrees of B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, BPA (Honors), BS/Masters, BLIS, MLIS, B.E, Pharm-D, MPhil (2013 & 2014), PhD (2013 & 2014) and D.Sc to the victorious students.

As many as 118 gold medals were given to out-shiners and only one DSc degree was awarded in Pharmacognocy discipline. However, 4831 total students were declared to be passed but 1362 graduates preferred to get their degrees in annual convocation.

According to details, in the convocation 180 of B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, BPA (Honors) degrees, 703 BS/Masters degrees, 02 BLIS degrees, 06 MLIS degrees, 02 BE degrees, 83 Pharm-D degrees, 16 MPhil degrees, PhD degrees and one D.Sc. degree    were conferred.

Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuroo, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of Sindh public sector universities, was chef of the guest at the occasion, while KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser presided over the convocation.

Speaking at occasion, Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuroo announced Rs5million grant for setup of TV Studio at the department of mass communication of Karachi University. He said that the University had made remarkable performance during the last few years despite of facing financial crunches.

Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser was of the view that no hurdle including financial or energy crises should come in the way of students. Talking about setting up of Chinese Confucius Institute of Chinese Language at KU, he said that this is a milestone. The institute will be a source of academic exchange between the two neighbors, he said.

“At the University, we do not only focus the academic training of our students only, instead we pay close attention to other significant areas as well. The setup of the first mobile Thalassemia Center at KU is an example in this regard. This is the first ever Thalassemia center established in any educational institution of Pakistan where free thalassemia tests will be conducted and awareness will be given to students and faculty members. Some of other important activities include timely meetings of the Statuary Bodies and selection boards. Improvement in the performance of Examination Department is also evident. Admissions at UoK had always been a critical task, however, in order to make the process more transparent the University's Academic Council decided to examine the students' aptitude and utilized the services of National Testing System (NTS). This helped in improving the quality of new batches of students. Law and order situation in the University is also satisfactory, despite their constant efforts, rabble-rousers and trouble makers are unable to succeed in their efforts. In this relation, as per recommendation of the worthy Chancellor, a fool proof security plan has been devised and CCTV cameras have been installed on the entrance gates,” he said.