Thursday, March 23, 2023

Fatima Jinnah Women University celebrates achievements of 2022 graduates

Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, held its 20th commencement at the Jinnah Convention Center, Islamabad to commemorate the outstanding academic accomplishments of the graduates of 2022.

Governor Punjab and Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Engr. Mohammad Baligh Ur Rehman was the chief guest while Chairperson Higher Education Commission, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad was the guest of honor.

The 1255 conferred degrees included 12 Ph.D., 238 MS, and M. Phil, 136 Masters, and 869 Bachelors. 47 Gold and 30 Silver Medals were also awarded to the students awarded a distinction in their respective programs.

Sponsored gold medals were awarded by ‘First Women Bank Limited’, ‘Media Development Trust Mishaal Pakistan’ and ‘Qudratullah Shahab Organization’.

In her welcome address the Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi, Dr. Saima Hamid expressed her gratitude to the Chancellor for presiding at the commencement. She congratulated the graduating students and their parents and wished them a peaceful and prosperous future. She appreciated the students’ hard work, outstanding achievements and their parents’ commitment to excellence in education and emphasized the hope that the students would make optimal use of the productive, creative and inventive professional skill sets that the university had imparted them with.

Studying at FJWU has encouraged them to uphold ethical and value-based standards and prove themselves as responsible citizens of Pakistan. This, she said, is clearly reflected in the recently launched anthem, which has been written and sung by the faculty members and students of FJWU.

The university currently offers 75 degree programs, under 27 departments including 12 Associate Degrees, 31 Undergraduate Programs, 21 MS/MPhil, and 11 Ph.D. Programs.

FJWU is one of the 16 partner universities under the HESSA project which is a five-year program for improving Pakistan’s higher education system and boosting the employability of university graduates. The university is also working with the University of Malmo, Sweden, on joint teaching and research through the recently secured grant.

As a founding member of All Pakistan Women Universities Consortium, FJWU now has a network of 13 women-only universities across Pakistan. Being a member of Talloirs network of Engaged Universities, FJWU has launched 70 multidisciplinary courses for FJWU students, alumnae and the general public. The faculty members have availed opportunities from the Association of Commonwealth Universities which is the world’s oldest international network of universities with 500 member institutions in over 50 countries.

The Chief Guest Governor Punjab and Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University Eng. Mohammad Baligh Ur Rehman, in his speech, said that it is a matter of pride and privilege to address the young degree recipients on the momentous occasion of the 20th Commencement of Fatima Jinnah Women University. He congratulated the graduating students and their parents upon the successful completion of their degrees and added that as the Chancellor, it gave him great pleasure to celebrate this proud moment with the graduates and their parents. He also appreciated the graduating students’ years of toil and pursuit of intellectual excellence that had brought them to the gateway of their future dreams.

“You represent the future of Pakistan and I can clearly see that your future is very bright. Your success is our success and the success of the university and everyone involved with this institution. Whichever direction life takes you, whether it’s a job career or entrepreneurship, or any other occupation of your choice, your success is the only thing we pray for”, he said.

Baligh ur Rehman also advised the students to embrace gratitude as a main character trait of their personality alongside empathy. “Be thankful and considerate towards those helping you achieve the scores of milestones of your life irrespective of their positions. And there is no one more deserving than your parents and teachers who have led you towards a progressive lifestyle by making you a promising citizen of the country.

The Chancellor also instructed the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan to help the university release of funds for its new Chakri Campus as swiftly as possible.

Salma Khan
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