Rawalpindi :31 January: A total of 4,442 graduates’ of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) were awarded degrees while 90 students were decorated with Medals at the 20th Convocation, here on Thursday. As many as 33 students received PhD degrees, 710 awarded with MPhil/ MS degrees, 1,469 Masters Degrees, while 2,230 students got undergraduate degree in their respective disciplines. Gold medals were awarded to 55 students on their outstanding performance in their academic record while 17 bagged silver and 18 secured bronze in the convocation. Secretary General, Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC) & Former Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR, Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar Zaman, Deans, Directors, Faculty members, graduates and their parents also attended the convocation. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, while addressing said that agriculture sector is facing the daunting challenge of ensuring food security for ever growing population of Pakistan, which is projected to increase from the current 208 million to more than 400 million by 2050 under the business as usual scenario. Earlier, Prof. Dr. Qamar Zaman Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR, in his welcome address, congratulated the graduates and said that University is making special efforts to expand its networking with both international and national universities, research organizations of repute through development and adoption of joint strategies to accelerate the pace of education, research, infrastructure and administrative development.The news.