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 generations.

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 Wednesday.

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 country."

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 programmes.

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.

The governor 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 respective departments.

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.

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Punjab 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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