FJWU 7th Convocation
Islamabad, Oct 25: The future of our country lies with our students who have to
rise above our communal, societal and political differences and co-exist in an
ambience of fraternity and national solidarity and to pass it on to the coming
This was stated by Governor/Chancellor Lieutenant-General
(r) Khalid Maqbool while speaking at the 7th Convocation of the Fatima Jinnah
Women University (FJWU), held at Jinnah Convention Centre here on
The governor Punjab also underlined the need for providing
women more opportunities to get higher education for the country's
socio-economic development. The chancellor appreciated the university for
running six courses under National Vocational and Technical Education Commission
(NAVTEC), saying it was a great initiative on the part of the university to
share in provision of skilled manpower for the country.
He said the
university would establish a sub-campus in Sialkot. Congratulating the students
on their outstanding performance, he said "this is not culmination of your hard
work rather beginning of hard work to bring a good name for your family and
On the occasion students were honoured with Gold Medals and
Silver Medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career at the
ceremony. Chancellor FJWU and Governor Punjab Lt-Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool
conferred degrees on the graduating students of Masters and Undergraduate
In total 654 students, 566 of Masters Programme and 88 of
Undergraduate Programmes, graduated from FJWU during the session 2005-2007.
Masters of Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication
Sciences, Computer Sciences, Defence Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Education,
English, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Environmental Sciences, Gender Studies and
Public Administration were awarded degrees. Bachelor's degrees of computer Arts
and Software Engineering were awarded to the students.
awarded degrees to the students and chief guest awarded 23 Gold Medals and 17
Silver Medals to various students, who achieved top positions in their
Earlier, in her welcome address the Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan thanked the governor for gracing
the occasion and appreciated his concern and contribution to the development
projects of the first women university. The VC briefly gave an overview of the
development carried out in the university.
The Keynote speaker Professor
Dr Diana Leonard, an emeritus professor at Graduate School of Education in the
University of London, while addressing on the occasion said that universities
can play a major role in producing new historical knowledge and new angles on
Geography, the questioning of the English Literary canon, even the gender
sensitive Physics and Mathematics.
"The universities should increase
their research output especially in the areas of science and information
technology to make it commercially relevant so as to increase their contribution
to national prosperity but this trend should not sideline the areas of Arts and
Humanities where women are concerned.
HEC Chairman Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman
in his address said that today the universities have become a key driver of
social development in any country as innovation, creativity and higher education
are necessary for development and progress. "HEC is sending 1,000 students
abroad every year for higher education and this process will transform the
status of higher education in Pakistan," he said.
Governor Lieutenant-General (R) Khalid Maqbool clapping after giving Gold Medal
to a student at Fatima Jinnah Women University Convocation in Islamabad. - Hanif
Khattak. The News
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