Rawalpindi:May 26:A total 2,820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Thursday. 43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1,000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the gold medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Centre also received gold medal. Federal Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) Dr. Yousaf Zafar, faculty members and graduates were also present on the occasion. Federal Minister, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the adoption of modern agriculture accompanied by trained manpower would not only help improve living standards but also produce quality commodities for the international market.The news.