LAHORE:23 January: The 2nd convocation of Government Postgraduate College for Women, Shadbagh held here Monday in which a total of 254 graduates and postgraduates received degrees and medals. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the convocation, he said the department was focusing on providing equal opportunities of higher education to both male and female students. Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, Director Colleges Lahore, the college principal, teachers and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Twenty-two girls received gold medals, 10 were given Roll of Honour for their achievements in co-curriculum activities while five students received Roll of Honour for their curricular based achievements. A total of 204 students were awarded certificates of distinction. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said the government was also focusing on providing equal opportunities to girls and boys in their professional growth. He also said the government was giving special attention to the education of women. He said nations around the world who valued education, research and hard work, were on the top in the ladder of success. He advised the successful students to share their knowledge with their peer groups and society. Honoured: Punjab Nursing Director General Kausar Perveen has awarded best performance award to Services Hospital Chief Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmin for efficiently taking care of patients, better management of wards, effective record keeping, better infection control and behaving nicely with patients and their attendants. As many as 23 nurses of the hospital have also been awarded commendatory certificates. Kausar Perveen said Samina Yasmin raised the performance graph of the hospital through her effective strategy. She also praised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for improving service structure of nurses, foreign training for them and transparent recruitment of nurses through Punjab Public Service Commission. His revolutionary steps have brought exemplary improvement in nursing sector, she said. Kausar Perveen applauded Samina Yasmin and said that she enjoys the status of role model for nurses as she has given a fresh passion of serving ailing humanity to nurses. Her dynamic leadership has helped great to earn good name for the hospital. She has set high standard of serving patients through effective training of nurses by conducting training workshops, seminars and symposiums keeping their knowledge updated. Other hospitals should also follow the working style of Samina Yasmin, she stressed. Speaking on the occasion, Samina Yasmin, while expressing her resolve to continue her services with the same passion in future, said that nursing is a noble profession for girls as they can go forward in life with confidence having served people. She also congratulated the nurses for receiving commendatory certificates. These nurses include Asma Taj, Raqaia Rehment, Kahkashan Arshad, Charge Nurse Sadia Naz, Nusrat Perveen, Muneeza Ilyas, Um-e-Kalsoom, Shahnaz Akhtar, Sobia Hussain, Shugufta Kalwar, Gulshan Akhtar, Shakila Nazir, Sadaf Arif, Amrat Ghulam Hussain, Sumaira Arshad, Aqsa Khurshid, Shista Shahzadi, Sadaf Kanwal, Maryam Anita, Fayqaa Aslam, Wajiha Israr, Iqra Shoukat, Isma Khan and Tahira Yousaf.The news.