18th Convocation of Arid Agriculture University Held

2820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals


43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze while 35 got PhD degrees


A total 2820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on May 25, 2017.


43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the Gold Medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Center also got Gold medal.


Federal Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Center (PARC) Dr. Yousaf Zafar, faculty members and graduates were also present on the occasion.


Federal Minister, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the adoption of modern agriculture accompanied by trained manpower would not only help improve living standards but also produce quality commodities for the international market.


He said there is a dire need to put in efforts in research related activities and it is highly encouraging to know that this university has been playing its due role in this respect.


"We are living in the era of advance technologies where life has become sophisticated and survival of nations greatly depends upon education and learning only," he said.


He advised the students to take lead in the practical endeavors with full zeal and confidence as the nation is anxiously waiting for the fruit of their hard work and dedication in the form of improved livelihood of fellow countrymen.


While appreciating the efforts of the Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR he said the university remained got engaged not only in conventional agriculture rather embarked upon highly sophisticated and advanced methods and chores of 21st Century's Agriculture.


"The efforts of the Vice Chancellor convinced me to have a sub-campus of the university at Attock. Today, a good number of students have been enrolled in this campus and it would be hopefully flourishing even bigger in the days to come," he said.


He lauded the idea of placing undergraduate degree programmes at sub-campuses while postgraduate studies at main campus that would not only help facilitate the better management of students but also serve the students belonging to the underprivileged and marginalized segments of the society.


"It is an effort for provision of higher education facility at the doorstep of the community at large in the entire Potohar region. I extend my full cooperation and support for implementation of these visionary ideas and initiatives," he said.


He also congratulated the parents for the success of their children who have brought them an honor and dignity in the form of prestigious degrees and medals.


Earlier, in his welcome address, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad congratulated the graduates for achieving degrees and said them that technological advancement & globalization have led the mankind to complex living which adversely affected the docile cultural values. He advised that they must have to play a positive and constructive role for amicable resolution of food security, environmental degradation of agro-systems and worst of all extremism.


He pointed out that in order to cater the needs and broaden the scope of agriculture and allied disciplines academic programmes have been enhanced from 67 to 81 degree programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.


At present, he said the student strength has reached to 12,000 as compared with 6,000 in the year 2012-13and the academic structure of the university has been strengthened through establishment of two new faculties including Faculty of Agriculture Engineering and Technology and Faculty of Social Sciences.


He said three new institutes have also been established comprising Institute of Hydroponic Agriculture, Institute of Food and Nutritional Sciences and Institute of Geo Information and Earth Observation. He said that the discipline of criminology has been set up to provide the students with proper understanding of nature and causes of crime and its evasion.


He said PMAS-AAUR is emphasizing on pragmatic research with advanced farming techniques and paying due attention to cope with food security issues, acute shortage of Energy and curb menance.


After the successful dissemination of Hydroponic Farming, Institute of Hydroponic Agriculture has been established by the gracious assistance of Govt. of Punjab, in order to assist our 95 percent small farmers for not only producing quality food for themselves but also exporting it to other parts of the world," he said.


He informed the gathering that the Varsity has also developed a state-of-the-art Biomass Energy Program at campus under Zero Solid Waste Campus, is most economical and simpler way of generating energy from any biogas waste, adoption of this technology at domestic level will largely address our energy issue in Pakistan, also helpful in achieving the dream of our worthy Prime Minister "Green Pakistan."


The Vice Chancellor said the educational lot and especially those in the agriculture sector need to increase their efforts manifold for enhancing productivity levels of milk, meat, vegetables, fruits and other delicacies apart from grains. The efforts are also being made to introduce food processing and preservation technologies so that sustainability of food supplies can be achieved and assured around the year."


He lauded the contribution of the chief guest in establishment of the sub-campus of the university in Attock he said "Your contribution and keen interest in patronizing co-curricular activities for the students are highly appreciated.


The following graduates were awarded PhD degrees, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals on the 18th Convocation of PMAS-AAUR


Ph.D. Degrees Graduates


Mehmood ul Hassan (Agronomy), Syed Abdul Qadeem (Entomology), Umer Ayyaz Aslam Sheikh (Entomology), Muhammad Imran (Entomology), Bushra Siddique (Entomology), Shehla Sammi (Food Technology), Robina Shaheen (Horticulture), Taj Naseeb Khan (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Hasan Riaz (Plant Pathology), Muhammad Ibrahim Tahir (Plant Pathology), Shazia Shahzaman (Plant Pathology), Ummay Amara (Soil Science), Rizwan Ali Sheir Dil (Soil Science), Muhammad Imran (Soil Science), Tasawar Sultana (Biochemistry), Nadia Majeed (Biochemistry), Farah Deeba (Biochemistry), Sobia Khadam (Biochemistry), Muhammad Fiaz (Biochemistry), Shagufta Jabeen (Biochemistry), Rizwana Abdul Ghani (Biochemistry), Nazima Batool (Botany), Shaista Akhund (Botany), Muhammad Irfan (Zoology), Syed Israr Shah (Zoology), Saima Qadeer (Zoology), Asima Azam (Zoology), Afzaal Ahmad Naseem (Zoology), Ghulam Sadiq (Agricultural Economics), Fouzia Jamshaid (Economics), Shumaila Sadiq (Economics), Mazhar Hussain (Education), Farzana Kausar (Environmental Science), Riaz Hussain (Wildlife Management), Misbah Sarwar (Wildlife Management)


The Gold Medalists:-


Zunaira Zulfiqar (B.Sc. Food Technology), Rubia Arshad (M.Sc. Agronomy), hadija Javed (M.Sc. Entomology), Ayesha Manzoor (M.Sc. Horticulture), Shahana Anwar (M.Sc. Plant Pathology), Misbah Naseem (M.Sc. Plant Breeding and Genetics), Muhammad Zeeshan (M.Sc. Soil Science), Saba Tariq (BS Biochemistry), Humaira (M.Sc. Biology), Kinza Tanveer (M.Sc. Botany), Tahreem Afzal (M.Sc. Mathematics), Memoona Islam (M.Phil Biochemistry), Saiba Idrees (M.Phil Botany), Salaha Urooj (M.Phil Zoology), Qurat ul Ain Haidry (M.Phil Statistics), Khansa Naeem (BS Economics), Sana Arshad (B.Ed.), Fariha Murtaza (M.Sc. Economics), Erum Yaqub (M.Sc. Education), Shahida Yousaf (M.Ed.), Tabassum Noureen (M.Sc. Criminology), Rabia Shahid (M.Sc. Agricultural Economics), Tehseen Bano (M.Phil Education), Rizwan Abbas (M.Phil Sociology), Talal Asif (BS Forestry), Atif Ali (M.Phil Forestry and Range Management), Sumia Sahar (M.Phil Environmental Science), Muhammad Arslan (DVM), Muhammad Amin (MS RS&GIS), Ayesha Noor (BBA Honors), Sadia Zafar (MBA Agribusiness), Adnan Muzafar (MDM), Sidra Malik, (MS Management Science), Bushra Mushtaq (BSCS), Sidra Khudadad (BSIT), Saba Jamil (MS Computer Science), Muhammad Hamza Qamar (BSCS) / BIIT, Afrasiab Kaikobad (BSIT) / BIIT, Muhammad Imran Aziz (MSCS) / BIIT, Mian Muhammad Naeem Abid (MCS) / BIMS, Mariam Akhtar (M.Sc. Economics) / BIMS, Muhammad Shahzad Arshad (MCS) /BIS-Burewala, Salva Karamat (M.Sc. Economics) / BIS-Burewala


The Silver Medalists


Saba Yasin (B.Sc. Plant Breeding and Genetics), Sidra Kashif (BS Biochemistry), Sundas Iftikhar, (BS Economics), Hafiza Iqra Naz (BS Forestry), Ashiq Ali (BBA Honors), Anum Jahangir Kayani (BSCS), Muhammad Waqas Nadeem (BSCS) / BIIT, Muhammad Umar (BSIT) / BIIT


The Bronze Medalists


Nadia Niaz (B.Sc. Food Technology), Tehmina Aziz (BS Biochemistry), Hina Kanwal (BS Economics), Ayesha Azad (DVM), Hadia Naeem (BBA Honors), Adnan Yousaf (BSCS), Shahida Anwar (BSCS) / BIIT, Hafiza Hina Kanwal (BSIT) / BIIT


The Sponsored Medals


Zunaira Zulfiqar (B.Sc. Food Technology), Bushra Mushtaq (BSCS) won The Bank of Punjab sponsored Gold Medals and Cash Prizes of Rs. 10.000/.


Literacy Centre


Rahul Nadeem a student of Class V of Literacy Center (a project of PMAS-AAUR) was also awarded a Gold medal.