Over 78,700 degrees awarded during 6th Sargodha University Convocation
The University of Sargodha conferred degrees on 78,701 students during its 6th convocation held at the main campus here on April 25, 2019, 61 per cent of them girls.
Acting Chinese Ambassador Lijian Zhao was the guest of honour while the Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad presided over the ceremony.On the occasion, 40 PhD degrees, 1,399 MPhil, 31,724 MA/MSc, 15,961 BS/BBA and 29,577 BA/BSc degrees were awarded to the students from disciplines of Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. Of them, 480 students with distinctions were honoured with medals.
The ceremony began in the ritualistic manner, with the entrance of the academic procession comprising the Vice Chancellor and Deans of seven faculties at the convocation venue.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr Zhao expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for providing him with the opportunity to visit Sargodha – the city of eagles – for the first time. He appreciated the University Administration for building academic and research linkages with reputed Chinese institutions.
Quoting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) saying, “Seek knowledge even if you have to go as far as China,” the Acting Ambassador urged the students to equip themselves with right kind of knowledge and skills to play their part in taking Pak-China relations to new heights and getting maximum benefits from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“In 2010, only 2,000 Pakistani students were studying in China, however this number increased exponentially ever since the launch of CPEC, taking it up to 28,000 in 2018. Pakistan currently ranks third in the list of the countries from where students are studying in China, behind South Korea and Thailand,” he added.
He informed that China offers a wide variety of scholarships to Pakistani students and encourages them to study in China. “Out of a total 28,023 Pakistani students studying in China, more than 7000 are pursuing their education on scholarships.”
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, while delivering his convocation speech, congratulated the students on their achievement while highlighting the share of their families, faculty members and friends in their proud successes.
He said that the University is making a huge difference in the demographic and economic growth of Sargodha city and Punjab province, especially by generating skillful workforce, innovating agrarian products and providing community service.
Our mode of teaching at University of Sargodha is not just confined to imparting knowledge, but we also teach our students the religiously and culturally rich social values we have learned or inherited from our parents and elders, the VC said, adding that throughout the year, our University remains abuzz with scholarly events, co-curricular activities and sports competitions.
“During my over two-year long tenure, I have implemented several academic reforms and development initiatives such as promoting a culture of academic inquiry among the students and faculty, introducing quality teaching and research, fostering academic-industrial links as well as national and international collaborations,” Dr Ishtiaq added.
After the formal ceremony, the students celebrated their achievements with enthusiasm and fun-filled activities.