Islamabad:April 24:Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) awarded 742 graduate and post-graduate degrees to students during its 89th Convocation, held at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad on Saturday. In all, 742 degrees awarded, 519 were for bachelors, 217 for masters in addition to six PhD degrees, conferred upon graduating students beaming with pride and joy on their supreme accomplishment. Among the PhD recipients, two each were from the disciplines of biosciences, electrical engineering and physics. In its short history, CIIT has contributed considerably in human resource development and successfully completed several assignments of national and international significance. CIIT Rector Dr. SM Junaid Zaidi being fully aware of the importance of education as a driver of economy and importance of Research and Development promoted the imparting of quality education and inculcated research culture in the institution. The range of programs in which degrees were awarded included: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics; Biosciences; Business Administration; Business Studies; Banking and Finance; Computer Science; Economics; Electronics; Energy Management; Engineering (Computer, Electrical, Software); Health Informatics; Information Security; Management Sciences; Mathematics; Meteorology; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Biology; Molecular Genetics; Physics and Project Management. The ‘Institute Report’ was presented by Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, HoD Bio Sciences Department & Dean of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). Dr. Qamar highlighted CIIT recent achievements, especially highlighting its unique honour of becoming Pakistan’s first (and only) university to publish 1,000 research papers, in internationally recognized research journals, in a single year (2015). He also informed that CIIT was ranked number two countrywide in terms of research productivity. CIIT Rector Dr. SM Junaid Zaidi said in the present era only those nations that focused on developing their human resources would be able to compete internationally. He added that true to its mission CIIT was making all out efforts for the transforming society and helping the country face ever changing challenges. Emphasising the role youth for becoming a source of strength for the country, he urged graduating students to work hard for the progress of Pakistan. Students with outstanding performance and highest cumulative grade point average (CGPA) bagged medals in 10 degree programmes. Students who were awarded two gold medals each (Institutional and Campus) included: Zaima Tariq for BS (Biosciences) with a CGPA of 3.94; Shahrukh Malik for BS (Bioinformatics) with a CGPA of 3.91; and Shahrukh Khan, BS (Computer Science) with a CGPA of 3.84. Zoha Khan, BS (Electrical-Telecommunication Engineering) with a CGPA of 3.87 received the Institute Silver and Campus Gold medal. Mahnoor Ejaz, BS (Biosciences) received the Institute & Campus Silver medals. Other Campus Gold Medallists included Sonia Nazakat, BS (Business Administration); Mansoor Ahmed (MBA); Syed Asad Abbas, BS (Business Studies); Mohsin Ali Butt, BS (Electrical-Computer-Engineering); Maida Arshad, BS (Physics); Fatima Malik BS (Electronics). Among the recipients of the Campus Silver medal were: Kinza Amjad (BS-Business Administration); Kiramat Ali (MBA); Ammara Sajjad (BS-Electrical-Computer-Engineering); Hafiz Wajahat Ali (BS-Computer Science); Yusra Irshad (BS-Bioinformatics); Maham Nazir (BS-Electrical-Telecommunications- Engineering) Institute Bronze and Campus Silver Medal, Saba Anwar, Campus Bronze Medal, BS (business Administration), Anum Asif BS (Electrical Computer Engineering) Campus Bronze Medal, Hira Imran, Campus Bronze Medal, BS Bioinformatics), Maher un Nisa, BS Electrical Telecommunication Engineering, Campus Bronze Medal, and Maria Akhter Abbasi, CGPA 3.83, BS (Biosciences), Institute and Campus Bronze Medal, Federal Secretary for Science & Technology , Fazal Abbas Maken, Executive Director, COMSATS and Chairman Board of Governors of CIIT, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, also graced the ceremony, in addition to CIIT campus directors, deans and heads of departments.The news.