Bahawalpur: Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) on Friday conferred degrees on 2347 graduates at a convocation ceremony. Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Vice Chancellor Engr. Prof. Dr Athar Mahboob, faculty members, students and their parents were also present on occasion.

The ceremony conferred degrees on 60 PhD, 265 M.Phil, 108 Gold Medal, 104 Silver Medal and 2022 BS, BSc, MA and MSc graduates.

On the occasion of his visit, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar attended a special briefing in the office of the Vice-Chancellor where the Vice Chancellor briefed him about the development and research projects of the university.

The Chancellor said that Cholistan’s artificial rain settlement project should be started in the form of a pilot project. He also appreciated the research on cotton. On this occasion, he also planted a sapling in connection with the Clean and Green Pakistan campaign.

The Governor Punjab inaugurated the new building of the University College of Art and Design built in the style of the historic Fort Drawer, the newly constructed teaching block consisting of classrooms and laboratories and renovation of the Jamia Masjid. He also paid a detailed visit to Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus.

In his presidential address at the convocation, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that the government is taking many steps for the development and welfare of the youth. The government has made education, including in the field of higher education, one of its priorities.

He said that the responsibility of our educational institutions is not only to provide education but also to create active citizens through the character building of youth who can give leadership to society. The current era is one of globalization based on economic competition. The path to development cannot be paved without promoting a knowledge-based economy. He asked the students to find new ways to solve various problems of society and guide the country and the nation.

Delivering a welcome address, Vice Chancellor Athar Mahboob said that Islamia University Bahawalpur has become one of the 1000 best universities in the world and has become the 11th in Pakistan and the top university in South Punjab. The current administration has initiated reforms in the administrative, financial, teaching and research areas of the university. An IT-based system was introduced to ensure merit in recruitment and admissions. The number of faculties has been increased from 7 to 15 to give maximum access to knowledge to the students. The university has received wide acceptance of admissions from all over Pakistan and in a short span of 20 months, the number of students has increased from 13,000 to 53,000. At present 40% of the students of the university are benefiting from various scholarships.

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