ISLAMABAD - The 1st undergraduate convocation ceremony of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE) and Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio-Sciences (ASAB) was held Wednesday at the H-12 campus of National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust).

Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar graced the ceremony as the chief guest. As many as 201 students were conferred bachelor degrees in the disciplines of Civil Engineering (141), Environmental Sciences and Engineering (35) and Applied Bio-Sciences (25). The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, graduating students, their parents and faculty members. Gold medal and certificates were awarded by the chief guest to the students for their distinctive achievements. President's Gold Medal and Certificates were awarded to Abeera Ayaz Ansari (Environmental Engineering), Zain Maqsood (Civil Engineering), Rabia Shakeel (Best Performance in Research) and Zahra Zahid Paracha (overall best performance in academics).

Rector's Gold Medal and Certificates were bestowed upon Talha Zubair (Environmental Engineering) and Muhammad Arsalan (Civil Engineering).

Speaking on the occasion, the Rector NUST Engineer Muhammad Asghar acclaimed the impressive performance of the students and extended his heartiest felicitations to the esteemed faculty, graduating students and their parents. He further said that graduates from NUST play a significant role in strengthening the country at socio-economic fronts. The Rector NUST said that the University's collaboration with reputed foreign universities and linkages with local industries had contributed a great deal in strengthening national scientific and technical sector. He also appreciated the role of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in reinforcing quality criteria and promoting research culture within universities. Engr Muhammad Asghar also lauded the outstanding contribution of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Bio-Sciences in attaining high ranking of NUST in a very short span of time. The Rector asserted that it was high time for the graduates blessed with extremely refined educational experience of studying at NUST to apply their knowledge in uplifting the living standard of their countrymen as there was a dire need to meet the challenges the countrymen were confronted with.

Earlier speaking at the occasion, Dr Nasrullah, Principal SCEE highlighted the achievements of the school during the recent years. He further said that SCEE aimed at emerging as a leading research and development institution in the civil, environmental, transportation and geological sectors.