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February 28, 2016



Hamdard University awards degrees to 1,166 students


As many as 1,166 students of the Hamdard University received their degrees at the educational institution’s 20th convocation at the Mueed Hall, Madinat al-Hikmah on Saturday.

Of them, 549 candidates were conferred upon degrees in absentia while 617 passing-out students attended the ceremony.

Along with graduates, seven students were awarded PhD degrees and 21 received their MPhil degrees.

The students securing first position in the seven faculties of the university were also awarded with “25-Hamdard University” gold medals. Nine “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said gold medals” were awarded to the best graduates of the faculties for their outstanding achievements.

The chief guest, renowned educationist Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, said human resource was the most important natural resource nowadays and nations were built through education.

He added that modern science and technology had entirely changed the world and if we needed to develop and progress, we should invest in education.

Rahman, while congratulating the students who had won the awards and medals, said the Hamdard University had done its best to provide a healthy, safe, and congenial environment; good teachers; modern equipment and the best guidance possible to its students.

He said the Madinat al-Hikmah was a dream of a visionary man, Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said, and his daughter Sadia Rashid.

Congratulating the graduates, he said that now they had many opportunities to show their talents but first they must be thankful to their teachers and parents because without their care, attention and support, they would have not achieved success.

He advised students to keep pursuing knowledge.

“Countries are built through scientific education, technology and skilled manpower. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said had invested his life’s earnings in building a city of education, science and culture.”

Sadia Rashid, the chancellor of the university, said that it was the founding chancellor of the university, her father Hakim Mohammed Said, was to prepare the Pakistani youth for the challenges of tomorrow, to see them develop the qualities of devotion, love, determination and service to mankind.”

“Needless to say, I echo his hope and prayers, for knowledge is little without direction, and better to travel slowly on the straggled and narrow path, with your head held high than to race along on a highway of progress,” she concluded.

Professor Dr Hakim Abdul Hannan, the vice-chancellor, said following the successful 20 academic years of the Hamdard University, the regular holding of an annual convocation was evident of the significance the university gave to to this event.

He said the main green campus of the university was spread over 350 areas with all the required facilities and hostels for boys and girls.