The 7th convocation of the Bahria University, Islamabad, was held at the Jinnah Convention Centre here on Monday, says a press release.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest, who conferred degrees on 553 graduating students including 188 in absentia in various disciplines including Business Management, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunication and Networking and Environmental Sciences. Fourteen gold medals and twelve silver medals were awarded to the outstanding students.
Admiral Noman Bashir congratulated the graduating students, especially those who won gold and silver medals for their outstanding academic performance. He appreciated the university management for effectively contributing in building up vital human resource and expressed his appreciation upon knowing that Bahria University has established a separate quality assurance directorate to bring improvement in teaching and ensuring quality education.
While highlighting the fact that less than 5% of the population of the country has access to higher education, he emphasized on the universities and other higher education institutions to open up their facilities and design non-degree and skilled oriented short courses to provide vocational training to youth not being able to opt for regular degree programmes. He advised the teaching faculty to prepare and groom students to cope up with the daunting challenges of the time ahead.
Rector Bahria University
Vice Admiral (r) Muhammad Haroon highlighted the achievements of the university made during the last one year. He said a quality assurance directorate has been established to enhance quality and standards at each level of governance. He informed that the discipline of Law for 5 years LLB programme has commenced from 2010. Dental section of Bahria University Medical College has been established with the state of the art laboratories and allied facilities and that construction of medical college complex in Karachi at the cost of Rs540 million has been started. Construction of gymnasium at Islamabad campus at the cost of Rs70 million is nearing its completion. It will provide ample indoor sports facilities to students, he said.
While advising the graduating students, he emphasized that success is not limited to material gains only or to earn handsome salary, live in a spacious house or drive an expensive car. These things do matter but the real success is how one develops into a balanced, righteous, honest and truthful human being. He advised the students that every one of them is born as a distinct individual with tremendous intuitive and intellectual abilities. He also advised them to discover those hidden qualities and apply them in their lives. Success will automatically come their way.