Islamia College convocation: 121 students walk out with degrees
PESHAWAR: Seventy-two college students got admissions in medical colleges and another 79 at the Engineering University in the academic session 2003, said Principal Ajmal Khan at the convocation ceremony of Islamia College held on Sunday.
The convocation ceremony coincided with the foundation day of Islamia College, which was established on March 21, 1913, by an eminent educationist and reformer Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum.
Lt General (r) Syed Iftikhar Hussein Shah, the governor of North West Frontier Province and the chancellor of the University of Peshawar, awarded BA, BSc and Bachelor of Theology degrees to 121 graduates. Those who received gold and silver medals for performances in academics were Sameer Waheed, Muhammad Naeem Tahir, Umar Khan, Tariq Salam, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Usman Khan, Usman, Ali, Fahimullah Khan, Mohammad Zahid and Fazle Dayan.
General Shah also awarded college shields to teachers for performances in academics and for shouldering various administrative responsibilities. English Department Professor Sahukat Ali Shah was awarded a shield for being the best teacher of the college.
Presenting the annual report of the college, Principal Ajmal Khan said that in the 21st century Islamia College had become a forerunner from three universities and a medical college along with a girl’s college and schools in the campus area.
The college bagged the overall first position in FSc pre-medical and pre-engineering groups in the 2003 annual examinations, Mr Khan said, adding that its students obtained eight positions out of the first twenty positions in the board examinations.
“Islamia College is the magnificent outcome of the vision of our forefathers and it is not merely an educational institution but symbolises customs, traditions and the spirit of society,” said Gen Shah. “Convocations are like milestones and recognise the academic excellence and hard work of students in their respective disciplines,” he said while addressing the academic session 2003 convocation at the Roose Keppel Hall.
The governor expressed his dismay over the participation of students in politics and referred to an address by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to this effect. He said that it was not the duty of students to follow the dictates of political elements that wanted to use them for vested interests.
Gen Shah warned students from indulging in politics and vowed to deal with them with an iron hand. Later, Mr Khan drew Gen Shah’s attention to the structural damage to the college building and its financial problems.
Gen Shah congratulated the degree recipients and lauded the role of teachers and non-academic staff members. Vice Chancellor of Peshawar University Lt General (r) Mumtaz Gul, NWFP University of Engineering and Technology Vice Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussein Gilllani, Islamia College Vice Principal Professor Dr Nisar Mohammad Nisar, senior faculty members from various educational institutions, non-academic staff members and students participated in the convocation. —NNI