More than 500 students were awarded degrees at the 16th convocation of Ziauddin University (ZU) held on Friday at the Expo Centre. Students awarded with Sir Ziauddin Gold Medal medals for outstanding academic achievements included Kashaf Aqeel Zaidi (MBBS), Fatima Banday (dental surgery), Kiran Yameen (physiotherapy), Sarah Abbas Merchant (medical technology), Mub­een Aslam (nursing), Maryam Younus (biomedical engineering), Hafiza Laraib (pharmacy), Abdul Malik (pharmacy), Shar­meen Patel (media sciences), Mehak Altaf (speech-language therapy) and Dr Zil-e-Rubab, who received a doctoral degree in biochemistry. Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla graced ZU 16th convocation  as the ‘Chief Guest.’Addressing the ceremony, Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla congratulated students for their achievement and urged them to work harder to achieve laurels in their professional fields.

“While human anatomy has not changed much in the last 100 years or so, science has progressed by leaps and bounds. This proves that the field is continually evolving. And so must you. Strive to be the best for there is always room at the top. Only a struggle to serve humanity will make this world a better place,” Mandviwalla added.

Ziauddin University Chancellor Dr Asim Hussain said life was all about contentment in whatever path you chose or opt for. “True happiness does not come from material things. Do not educate your children to be rich, educate them to be happy. Eat your food as medicine, otherwise you will end up with eating medicines as food.”

Talking about the challenges faced by youngsters in practical fields, he said difficulties must not deter from life goals, urging them to be passionate not obsessed. Hussain said the varsities new academic programmes included faculty of law, faculty of Eastern medicine and natural sciences and faculty of liberal arts and human sciences. The university had also laid the foundation of a new pharmacy block named after Sardar Yasin Malik at the Education City, he added.

Ziauddin University Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, while sharing the varsities progress said so far 3000 students had graduated from ZU, since its establishment in the year 1995. “All its academic programmes are accredited by respective professional accrediting bodies and the Higher Education Com­mission of Pakistan,” he added.


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