ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mohammadmian Soomro has emphasized the need for quality education to meet the challenges posed by the contemporary world. Speaking at the sixth convocation of the International Islamic University (IIU) here on Monday, he said our main focus should be on research work to contribute in new developments and discoveries which were once hallmark of the Muslim World. He said participation of women in the education sector is an healthy and encouraging sign which will serve the purpose of achieving the development goals.
The university awarded degrees to 1936 students, among them 816 were female students, 1120 male and 87 including 13 female students were foreigners whereas 88 students received Gold Medals for their excellent academic performance. Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui in his address of welcome briefed the participants of the convocation about past one-year performance of the university, structure, development activities and its future programmes.
The university is currently offering 80 degrees and diploma programmes from bachelor to Ph.D levels in addition to six diploma courses, he informed. On the occasion, Muhammedmian Soomro while congratulating the passing out graduates lauded the efforts of university for promoting quality education and research opportunities for the students in various disciplines.
“A remarkable feature of the university is the maximum female participation in any educational institution while students from 42 countries are also getting their education in different programmes which reflect the international character of IIU,” he observed. A female student, Sofia Malik, Faculty of Shariah and Law has been awarded double gold medals while the university’s first Ph.D degree in Electronic Engineering was awarded to Dr. Salman Iqbal.
Among the gold medalists, five students were from the Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization, seven from the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, eight from the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin), four from the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Humanities, 15 from the Faculty of Management Sciences, six from the Faculty of Shariah and Law and four from the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Senate Chairman commended the efforts of the International Islamic University for setting examples of quality education in the country.-SANA