The annual convocation of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) was held on Tuesday. As many as 1327 students were conferred upon degrees, gold medals, special awards and cash prizes. Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar presided over the convocation ceremony. As per details issued by UMT’s Department of Public Relations, 721 Bachelors, 177 Masters, 423 MS.M.Phil and 06 PhD degrees were given away among the students.
As for the special awards and medals, this year 12 Patron’s medals, 11 Rector’s medals, 04 Rector’s Academic Excellence Awards, 02 Khurram Murad awards 04 certiﬁcates of excellence, 02 Mrs. Sadaqat Aslam medals, 01 Mubarak-un-Nisa medal, 01 Dr. Muhammad Ahmed medal, 01 Haji Taj-ud-Din medal, 01 Khalid Saeed medal, and 01 FAST excellence award were given away. Total 820 male and 507 female students graduated through 16th annual convocation of UMT.
Addressing the convocation gathering, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Governor Punjab said that the importance of higher education could not be denied but we also need to address the issue of 22 million children who were out of school. He said higher education closely linked to national economy and without focusing on university graduates, the dream of development couldn’t be fulﬁlled. The Governor said that the government was trying its best to deliver to the nation as promised during election campaign.
He said besides education, agriculture was also one of the priorities of the government. Paying tribute to UMT’s founder late Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, Sarwar said that he personally knew Dr. Murad who was a man of passion, commitment and dedication. He said his sudden demise was a great loss for the country. The governor said the government was trying to uplift national economy by boosting up national exports and supporting the industry so that GST plus gets improved and our exports reach to Euro Zone.
He urged all public and private sector universities to prepare manpower for the mega project of CPEC which he said was vital for national development and advancement in all sectors. Shading light on key achievements of the university, Rector of the varsity Dr. Muhammad Aslam said due to highly qualiﬁed faculty and excellent infrastructure the university was moving toward a right direction and its ranking had improved.