Kinnaird holds 77th Convocation: Chief Justice calls for more women in leadership role



The Kinnaird College, one of the country’s premiere colleges, held its 77th Convocation the other day.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was the chief guest while he was accompanied by the Director of Board of Governors, KC, Alexander John Malik, who is also the Bishop of Lahore, college’s principal Dr Rukhsana David and faculty members.

While addressing the jubilant graduating students, the CJ said that he had high hopes from the students and wished them a successful future. Outlining his thoughts on women rights, education and equality he stressed that changes in the laws were necessary to make sure that women of the country had their share of job market. He termed education to be the cornerstone of progress and said that the judiciary was aware of the problems the women were facing in the country, adding that it was doing its best to bring a positive change to their situation. He said that we needed ‘women in leadership role’, quoting Quaid that women were even more powerful than pen and sword. “Moral renaissance is what we need for which media is playing an important role,” he said.

Dr Rukhsana David, college’s principal, said love for humanity and knowledge was embedded in the college’s motto: Light, Courage, Love. She wished the outgoing batch of graduate, postgraduate, and research students all the best and hoped that they would serve the humanity with love and reach the very top of their professions. She also announced a number of joint scholarship programmes with international educational institutes, and a new state of the art library. She also announced instituting a new scholarship in the name of Dr Mira Phailbus who served the college for 35 years.

Dr Alexander John Malik, Director of Board of Governors, said that he hoped that the graduating students would follow the illustrious past traditions of the college and make it proud. He also announced a new law department in the college, a first of its kind as it would only serve the women of the country.

Later, the chief guest gave away medals and degrees to the high achievers, which included national basketball and cricket players, along with published researchers in many science and social science fields.