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- Saturday, December 01, 2012 - From Print Edition




The 12th Convocation of the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, was held at the Jinnah Convention Centre here on Friday to commemorate the academic accomplishments of its students.


Students achieving distinctions were honoured with gold medals and silver medals. Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was the chief guest, while Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari were present on the occasion.


Fatima Jinnah Women University Chancellor and Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa conferred degrees on the graduating students of Masters and Undergraduate programmes.


While addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf said, “Higher education opens unlimited vistas and possibilities of success and growth. The foremost responsibility of the university is to produce well-informed, motivated and cultured citizens of the nation. However, the universities in our country have to play a positive role in tapping the intellect and creating awareness among the students and scholars to help translate our potential for growth and development into reality. We have to work together to take our state forward along the path of inclusive growth and development through intellectual and scientific know how.”


FJWU Chancellor and Punjab Governor Sardar Mohammad Latif Khosa said that it is a moment of pride for the graduating students as much as it is for their teachers, parents and those who had any part in shaping their life. “Your achievements have made all of us proud. Never give up your dreams and aspirations if you want to make your life purposeful. You should crave for learning with application to your knowledge in uplifting of down trodden and betterment of society. This university has distinguished itself as an eminent institution for women education.


Earlier in her address, FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir congratulated all graduating students, parents and teachers. “I hope we did our best to facilitate the transfer of wisdom and knowledge. I wish to welcome all graduates to the practical world. Competitiveness at all levels, knowledge across profession, adoption and flexibility. You are well equipped to confront these challenges. Find your niche out there and thrive for the excellence. For most of you, this day is the first step in your future working world,” she said.


In total, 1,042 students, including 9 MPhil and 1 PhD, were awarded degrees. In the Master’s Programmes, 639 students of Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Media Studies, Computer Sciences, Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Islamic Studies, Public Administration, Mathematical Sciences, while 393 students of Undergraduate Programmes of Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Media Studies, Computer Sciences, Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Islamic Studies, Bachelor’s of Computer Arts and Software Engineering were awarded degrees.


FJWU Chancellor Khosa, along with FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, awarded 33 gold and 33 silver medals to the students, who achieved top positions in their respective departments. Gold medals and silver medals were awarded to the students from each department to acknowledge their outstanding performance.


In Master’s Programmes, Qurat-ul-Ain of Behavioural Sciences Department, Sarwat Fatima and Rida Khurshid of Business Administration, Farah Ather of Communication Sciences Department, Mehwish Iqbal of Computer Sciences Department, Mehar Wazir of Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Saima Mushtaq and Kholla Syed of Economics, Saboorah Shahid of Education, Aisha Siddiqa of English, Saaleha Khan Qasuria and Beenish Malik of Environmental Sciences, Mehreen Yasin of Fine Arts, Shumaila Majeed Malik of Gender Studies, Amna Hanif of Islamic Studies and Shiza Zafar of Public Administration were awarded gold medals. Whereas in Bachelor’s Programmes, Syeda Sommah Owais and Reema Mehboob of Behavioral Sciences Department, Anooshe Zia of BBA, Sania Saqib of Communication Sciences, Rabbia Tariq of BCS, Qundeel Anwer of Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Anum Nisar of Economics, Shazia Iftikhar of Education, Zahra Ali of Engineering, Nadia Yasmeen of B.ENV Sc, Meerab Savio of BFA, Sehar Abid Malik of B.Gen.St., Aisha Sabir of B. Isl.St. Maria Khalid of BPA, Riffat Perveen of Mathematical Sciences, Sehrish Ferdous of BSc. (SE) and Myra Zafar received gold medals. The National Cleaner Production Centre awarded gold medal and a purse of Rs5,000 to Ms. Alia of PhD Programme.


The First Women Bank awarded a gold medal and cash prize worth Rs15,000 to Saima Mushtaq of Economics Department for her outstanding performance in her academic career. The Bank of Punjab awarded a gold medal and cash prize of Rs15,000 to Sarwat Fatima of MBA Department (Regular). Mullah Wahidi awarded gold medals to Sania Saqib and Farah Ather of Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes, Communication Sciences Department, in the specialisation of print media. The Media Development Trust awarded gold medals for Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes of Communication Sciences Department in electronic media. Maria Khan and Sumbal Humayun were the recipients.