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1,220 KU grads, postgrads set out into the world

Karachi University Convocation Karachi, May 1(Daily Times): Exactly 1,220 students were awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees during the University of Karachi (KU) convocation 2007 on Monday. A total of 154 gold medals were awarded to 132 students for best performances in their respective fields. Sixty-three gold medals were awarded in 2005, while in 2006, this number rose to 89. Moreover, one D. Lit. degree and 81 M. Phil./Ph. D. degrees were also awarded during Monday's ceremony. well.
Sindh Governor (and KU Chancellor) Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan was invited as the chief guest. He was, however, unable to attend the event due to commitments with the prime minister, who is currently visiting Karachi. Khan sent a written speech instead, which was read out by the KU pro-VC.

KU VC Prof. Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui substituted as the chief guest, and the ceremony was presided over by the KU registrar, Prof. Muhammad Rais Alvi.

Khan congratulated all graduating students for their achievements, and Siddiqui reminded all those present of their duties and responsibilities to the nation, as well as to the university. "This is to remind all students who are graduating today that these degrees do not mark the end of the pursuit of knowledge. You are going to start a new phase of learning through experience," he said.

Siddiqui also mentioned some important developments that have taken place at the campus. He spoke about research conducted by various faculties and research institutions in KU. The university now has a total of 95 Ph. Ds, 75 M. Phils, 8 MS, 3MDs, one D. Lit., and one D.Sc. in five faculties, to its credit. "The Faculty of Science produced the highest number of Ph. Ds (47) and M. Phils (50)," Siddiqui said.
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