LAHORE  - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Monday offered provision of open funds to the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) if it gains ranking in the top 500 universities of the world.

Addressing 11th convocation of LCWU at university ground, the chief minister said the varsity was playing an important role in equipping the women with education and the graduates of the university were rendering invaluable services in different sectors.

As many as 2,373 graduates of BS, MS/MPhil, Pharm-D and PhD of the Batch 2012 and batch 2013 were given degrees. The function was presided over by Punjab Governor and Chancellor of the university Ch Sarwar. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Zakia Shahnawaz, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Information, LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor, university professors, deans, faculty members and a large number of students were present.

Shahbaz Sharif said that the nation was proud of its daughters. He made an appeal to women to join the practical field after getting their degrees instead of sitting in their homes and play an active role for national progress and development.  “Though all facilities of life are available to generals, judges, bureaucrats and elite but the common man is deprived of even basic necessities. Pakistan of today was not that state as was envisioned by its founders nor for which sacrifices were rendered by the forefathers of the country,” the chief minister held. 

Speaking on the occasion, the governor congratulated the graduates and lauded Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Masood’s performance, saying LCWU had grown rapidly under her leadership.