By AMANULLAH BASHAR
April 22 - 28, 2002
Really, it was a feast to the souring eyes to see
the glow of success on the faces of the successful graduates, their
parents and the pride taking faculty members at the convocation
ceremony held after a gap of over two years at the sprawling lush
green lawns of the Institute of Business Administration recently.
Presided over by the governor of Sindh Mohammad
Mian Soomro, the patron of the Institute, over 1300 graduates of three
different batches were decorated with Masters and Bachelors degrees.
The US Consul General at Karachi John K. Bauman
also graced the occasion as the chief guest of the ceremony.
Previously, the students of morning and evening
sessions of the IBA used to hold graduation ceremonies at the main
campus as well as the city campus respectively, this time the
convocation of the two campuses was held jointly by the IBA
Besides conferment of degrees to the successful
graduates, the highlight of the occasion was an honorary doctorate
degree in Business Administration which was awarded to one of the
former directors of the IBA namely Dr. I.A. Mukhtar.
The governor of Sindh also gave away the gold
medals and shields to about 30 graduates for distinction in academic
The governor of Sindh who air dashed from a
referendum meeting held in the interior of Sindh for the convocation
also availed of the opportunity to apprise the audience including
teachers, students, parents and representatives from various walks of
life about measures and policies of the government.
Highlighting the achievements and the dynamic
economic policies of the government, the governor asked the audience
to support for the presidential referendum of President Pervez
Musharraf to be held on April 30.
Soomro was of the view that positive results of the
referendum would strengthen economic stability in the country. Support
to the President would bring in more investment in the country and
accelerate the pace of industrial development and ensure consistency
of the good decisions and policies initiated by the present
The governor expressed the hope that students of
IBA would uphold the reputation of their alma mater while entering
into their professional life. He advised the students to exercise
their good influence over society to create a tolerance, patience and
our traditional social and human values in the society.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Javed Ashraf director
IBA recalled various reforms and measures he introduced during his
tenure and said with a sense of achievement that it was for the first
time that many Ph.D. degree holders were inducted as the permanent
members of the IBA faculty.
It may be noted that Dr. Ashraf's tenure is till
June 30 this year.
Paying glowing tributes to what he called the
dynamic leadership of the present government, Dr. Javed Ashraf
described the economic agenda of the president as the ray of hope for
Recalling the economic crisis faced by the country,
he said that the present government took over the charge at a time
when the economy was in a total mess and was forced on the verge of
financial collapse. The foreign exchange reserves were declined to the
level of even less than one billion dollar. However, when the present
regime came in, the reserves have gone over 5 billion and expected to
reach the mark of $7 billion at the end of the current financial year
as has been indicated by President Musharraf.
Talking about the improved health of the economic
indicators, Dr. Ashraf said that while the Dow Jones in the United
States is struggling to stay above the 10,000 mark and the Nasdaq
continues to be 60 per cent off its high, the stock market in Pakistan
has been performing at the best level all over the world.
IBA, he said, was known as an institution reluctant
to hire Ph. Ds on its full time faculty. Now it has hired 10 Ph.D. on
its faculty during last one year and at least three more are likely to
join by August, he added.
The US Consul General; John K Bouman who
represented his country's Ambassador to Pakistan at the convocation
said that inter-action and relationship between IBA and similar
institutions in the United States should be improved and promoted.
Those who were awarded Dr. I. A. Mukhtar, Gold
Medal for their overall highest Grade Point Average (GPA) include
Farheen Asif (MBA Morning 1999), Aneela Ahsan Channa (MBA Executive
2000) Asim Junaidi (BBA Morning 1999), Humna Zeeshan (BBA Morning
2000) Athar Feroze (MBA Executive 2001) and Tania Kassim BBA MIS 2001.
First position holders of different programs who
were awarded shields at the convocation were Farheen Asif , Amna
Hassan, Sabrina Janice Pinto, Umaima Sohaib, Aneeza Haider, Aneela
Ahsan Channa, Athar Feroz, Seham Husain, Ahmed Ali Siddiqui , Faiza
Asim, Ahmed Shakil, Ali Azmat Jaffri, Shariq Badar, Humaira Vawda,
Ambarin Mohammed, Asim Junaidi, Humna Zeeshan, Shabnam Noorali, Gul
Waqar Ali, Tasneem Shabbir, Julius Pinto, Tania Kassim, Zainab
Dadabhoy and Fareeha Fatima.