[Dawn 26 April, 2019]

SARGODHA: The University of Sargodha on Thursday conferred degrees on total 78,701 students during its 6th convocation held on the main campus here on Thursday, 61 per cent of them girls.

Acting Chinese Ambassador Lijian Zhao was the guest of honour, while Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad presided over the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, Mr Zhao expressed gratitude to the vice chancellor for providing him with the opportunity to visit Sargodha – the city of eagles – for the first time. He appreciated the university administration for building academic and research linkages with Chinese institutions.

“In 2010, only 2,000 Pakistani students were studying in China, however this number increased exponentially ever since the launch of CPEC, rising to 28,000 in 2018. Pakistan currently ranks third in the list of the countries from where students are studying in China, after South Korea and Thailand,” he added. He said China offered a wide range of scholarships to Pakistani students. “Out of a total 28,023 Pakistani students studying in China, more than 7,000 are pursuing their education on scholarships.”