Swat University Convocation: 195 students awarded degrees, 50 honoured with gold medals
peshawar—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that seeking higher knowledge is a universal subject adding that whether it is an institution or individual, one has to secure respectable berth amongst a universally acknowledged arena.
Addressing as the chief guest at the first-ever convocation of the University of Swat at its premises in Swat on Monday the Governor said, ‘while the younger generation of Pakistan is second to none in the world, it is also equally important to making the required quality of opportunities, resources and encouragement available to them to be able to compete in the emerging circumstances’.
The pioneer badge comprised of 195 graduates, 50 were honored with gold medals for achieving distinctions in their respective disciplines. Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam, members of parliament from the area and vice chancellors from almost all the public sector universities of the province, educationists and parents of the graduating students attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Governor who is the Chancellor of the University also presided over a meeting of its senate at the campus. The senate besides disposing off other matters also approved budgetary estimates for the Year, 2016-17 and the actual budget for the Year, 2015-16.
While addressing the convocation, the Governor pointed out that the government on its part is committed to provide financial and material resources but simultaneously the teachers and parents should also continue their effective role to ensure conducive learning environment and encouragement to the students. ‘We should work hard together to ensure that Pakistan emerges as a strong, developed and vibrant country and Pakistanis could hold their heads high in the international community.
The Governor also appreciated the academic and research programs in variety of subjects especially offering PhD and MPhil in selected subjects at the campus and wished that the University of Swat acted as an engine for growth and progress in this region. He also praised the faculty for their concerted efforts in providing a strong base of research and studies in the field of Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences and Computer & Information Technology at the campus.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Dr Jehan Bakht, presenting the annual report highlighted the achievements of the university. He also thanked the Governor for gracing the occasion by his presence.