ISLAMABAD - More than 550 graduate and post-graduate students were awarded degrees at the 51st convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held on Tuesday.

There were more than 550 students, who secured BS degrees in disciplines of Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics, Biosciences, Business Administration, Electrical (Telecommunication and Computer Engineering), Electronics, Mathematics and Architecture from Islamabad Campus. PhD degrees were awarded to 05 students in disciplines of Physics, 08 in Mathematics, 01 in Bio Sciences and 02 in Management Sciences.

On the occasion Chancellor’s, Institute and Campus Medals were also awarded to position holding students from Islamabad campus of CIIT. Graduate and post graduate students bagged Campus medals, Institute medals and Chancellor’s Gold medals with highest 3.3- 3.89 CGPA in their respective disciplines.

The medalists included Asad Javed, Muhammad Saad Nawaz, Sarah Manzoor, Fareeha Amjad, Tayyaba Zaheer, Naimah Tehreem Qazi, Sidra Asdiq, Nayab Kiran, Faria Hassan, Sehrish Kanwal, Irum Javaid Siddiqui, Maha Aleem, Saima Noureen, Bushra Mumtaz, Hafsah Riaz, Bushra Resham, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Jehangir Khan, Muhammad Haseeb, Inam Ullah, Hafiza Maryam Aslam, Syed Zain Abbas and Maryam Mubarak for fall 2012.

Dr Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Information Technology, Minister of Education and Training and Chancellor CIIT was the chief guest on the occasion who awarded degrees and medals to successful students.

She said that CIIT, recognising its duties and committed to provide the best opportunities for learning and personal development within a caring and supportive environment.

Rector CIIT Dr SM Junaid Zaidi (SI) addressing the students said knowledge acquirement and higher education are transforming virtually every aspect of today’s world. IT institutions have been trusted to be the center stage of academia.

These Institutions have the mandate to evolve a knowledge based socioeconomic culture in the country to help the nation to face the modern challenges of globalisation.

In-charge Islamabad Campus Dr Shahid Ahmed Khan presented campus report stating that 48 members of CIIT have been honored with research productivity awards this year by (MoST), Pro Rector Dr Haroon Rashid was awarded with Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Dr, Jamshed Iqbal and Dr Sonia Zulfiqar were awarded with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Aqeela Asif, Assisitant Professor department of Humanities has been awarded Gold Medal (Sir Syed) by Nazria-e-Pakistan Council 2013, he added.

Convocation was also addressed by Dr. Imtinan Illahi Qureshi, Exective Director COMSATS.

He appreciated the Rector’s and faculty’s dedication to the cause and achieving high standards in education and research.