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5 Pakistani students graduate from South Asian University

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Five Pakistani students have graduated from (SAU) this year, the here has said.

They were awarded degrees during the 3rd Convocation of held on June 7, which was attended Pakistan's High Commissioner to Sohail Mahmood.

The five Pakistani students completed their Masters from in diverse disciplines, including Biotechnology, Computer Science, Law, and International Relations, the high commission said in a statement.

Speaking to the Pakistani graduates separately, Mahmood extended warm felicitations to them and their families and wished them well in their professional pursuits in the future.

He also emphasised the "pivotal" role that the could play in bringing the youth from South Asian nations together for grooming and higher learning.

He hoped that more Pakistani students would be able to join SAU in the coming years -- enriching its multi-national character and contributing to the success of this collaborative SAARC project.

After the graduation of five Masters students, there are now two Ph.D students from at SAU. As per the agreed system, has 10 per cent quota of the total seats in the university.

The decision to establish the was taken at the 14th SAARC Summit in in April 2007. The University started taking students from August 2010.

This year, a total of 161 students received their Master's degrees, while 10 got M.Phil and four PhD degrees.

Mahmood also expressed the hope that SAARC, a "symbol of hope and collective aspirations for the people of South Asia", would make progress as an effective instrument of regional cooperation and promote the goals of socio-economic development.

The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in while the 2016 summit was to be held in

But after a terrorist attack on an camp in Uri in on September 18, 2016, expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances".

had also stepped up diplomatic pressure on Nineteen Indian soldiers died in the attack

The summit was called off after Bangladesh, and also declined to participate in the meet.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 21:55 IST