Universities being the repositories of knowledge creation are the source of significant contribution to the civil society. Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) is one of the most prestigious and forward looking institutes of University of the Punjab offering an array of degree programs ranging from undergraduate to graduate and postgraduate levels. The education it imparts plays a pivotal role in mitigating the challenges of real life by equipping the graduates with best use of acquired knowledge, competencies and behaviors to excel in their chosen professions. Like every year, IAS organized its graduation ceremony 2017 to honor its highly competent graduates of different programs including; Ph.D. in Management, M.Phil. Management, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Marketing, Master of Health Administration and Business Management. Ms. Ayesha Ahmad – faculty member at IAS warmly welcomed the worthy guests, graduates and parents at the highly auspicious and memorable occasion of their lives and hosted the event. The ceremony began with the academic procession marching towards the stage in their academic robes and sitting on stage. After seeking formal permission of the Dean, FEMS the Graduation was opened. Recitation was made by Hafiz Huzaifa-tur-Razzam (BS Management student) and Naat to pay tribute to the Prophet (PBUH) was presented by Ms. Kiran Shahzadi (BS Management student). It was followed by the formal address of Prof. Dr. Nasira Jabeen – Dean Faculty of Economics & Management Sciences (FEMS) & Director IAS. She welcomed the graduating scholars, their parents, families, distinguished guests and faculty members. She said that due to increasing number of programs and graduating students, not all graduates get the opportunity to participate at the main convocation ceremony of the University of the Punjab. Therefore, in order to provide an opportunity to all IAS graduates to participate in the historic event of their life time achievement, IAS annually organizes the graduation ceremony at the institutional level to give a proud feeling of accomplishment to every graduate with the belief that ‘EVERY GRADUATE MATTERS’.
The worthy director shared the journey of 55 years of success, growth and excellence of the Institute and shared significant glimpses of academic achievements. She added; ‘to enhance outreach of our programs and to offer quality education at doorstep, from this year, with permission of the worthy Vice Chancellor, University of the Punjab, we have launched our BS Management Program at Punjab University Jhelum Campus as well’. She mentioned that all of our academic programs are carefully developed in view of the global realities and cultural conditions. They are well aligned with IAS vision, mission and values that are yet again aligned with the overall vision of University of the Punjab. From the enrolled student body of nearly 1300 at IAS, 300 students graduate from the institute annually and add to the unique asset of worthy alumni. Teaching faculty at IAS is highly qualified and professionally competent that brings the best practices to the classroom for their students. They represent themselves and University of the Punjab at national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and stay abreast with the latest knowledge and practice.
The staff members of IAS are highly committed and work day and night to contribute towards the development of the institute. While talking about the competitive edge of IAS, Prof. Dr. Nasira Jabeen added that we at IAS prepare our students to appear for competitive exams through CSS guidance forum, promote entrepreneurship and self-employment besides preparing students for careers in third sector organizations. Above all, IAS leverages potential of its students to be good human beings that is the most important contribution to the society.
Being vibrant and dynamic institute of the University, IAS maintains academic and professional linkages and partnerships with national and international bodies. While highlighting the research contribution by the institute, she shared with the audience about the upcoming international conference by IAS on March 20-21st 2018 on the theme of Strategic Directions in Governance, Human Resource and Management in collaboration with Punjab Economics & Research Institute (PERI) and urged graduates to participate in it. She shared with great pride that IAS maintains regular contact with its alumni through its Career Advisory and External Linkages department and they contribute with great commitment towards students’ career placements, professional grooming and development of the institute. She also shared a few upcoming projects of the institute to be started with assistance of IAS alumni.
Towards the end of her enlightening speech, Prof. Dr. Nasira Jabeen shared words of wisdom for the graduates and advised them to be loyal to their professions in the real life and avoid all negative temptations by discerning professional integrity under all circumstances. She urged them to be sincere to their motherland – Pakistan and put their best contribution to make some difference in the society promoting values of positivity, equity, merit, tolerance and professionalism.
Dr. Jabeen thanked the organizing team of the event for their committed efforts and shared special gratitude for the university Controller of Examination office upon expediting the process of providing the degrees of the graduates. She thanked the worthy Vice Chancellor – Prof. Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar for his endless support and encouragement towards the graduation ceremony.
Successful graduates were awarded with gold medals, mementos, merit certificates, rolls of honor and degrees in huge rounds of applause and appreciation from the audience. A total of 04 gold medals, 40 shields, merit certificates, rolls of honor and 300 degrees were awarded at the ceremony. Towards the end, Professor Dr. A.R. Jafri – senior faculty member at IAS, addressed the graduates and emphasized the need of hard work and commitment by the youth of the country. He shared his successful and lifetime journey of teaching at IAS that is an inspiration for others to follow. The memorable event closed with group photos of graduates with teachers and parents followed by a networking session at lunch.