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President of Pakistan presides over 21st Convocation of GIK Institute


President Mamnoon Hussain addressed as the chief guest at the 21st convocation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here on Thursday. Governor KPK, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra was also present on this graceful occassion. The president said that Pakistan’s future is very bright and the students are the future of this country. He said that Pakistan is on track of economic progress and soon it will stand in the line of developed countries.

The president said that a huge foreign investment is coming to Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He called on the young engineers to be ready for joining the CPEC project because several opportunities will be available to them. He said that a number of countries, especially Central Asian Republics, had shown great interest in joining the CPEC project.

“The students should harmonise themselves with the needs and requirements of CPEC as it would offer a lot of job opportunities for the country’s youth, especially the young engineers,” the president said. “I feel confident that our younger generation is fully prepared and capable to face the new emerging challenges,” he said.

Mr Hussain said that the country needed a new breed of engineers who possessed the will and ability to accept emerging challenges, the dedication to pursue higher goals and the professional competence to play the role of troubleshooters.

He hoped that the GIK Institute would play its due role in producing professionals who by their hard work and strong determination would make Pakistan an industrialised, forward looking and prosperous country.

“We need to focus on science and technology education for the country’s economic development and the role of GIK Institute would be very significant in achieving this objective,” he said.

Corruption destroys the very vitals of social, political and economic systems, the president said. “Our younger generation must possess a moral attitude which inculcates in them a sense of putting the national good above their personal gains,” he said.

The President conferred degrees on 329 BS, 40 MS and six PhD graduates at the convocation and awarded gold medals to the high achievers. Later, Governor KPK Iqbal Zafar Jhagra awarded degrees to BS and MS graduates.

Jehangir Bashar, Rector of GIK Institute said that the institute produced graduates had made substantial contributions to society and during education acquiring period the academia of the university encourage them to discover innovative solutions to the complex problems and deliver according to the requirements of the country.

He said that the alumni of GIK institute enjoy a highly valued position in the national and international job markets.

Prof, Dr Javed A. Chattha, Pro-Rector (Academic) said that our alumni are rated very high by multinational companies across the world. Some of our students have achieved high academic positions in Europe, Australia, and the United States of America, he said.

“We have on our roll about 1670 undergraduate students, 145 full-time postgraduate students including 122 MS and 23 PhD students. Over 4,500 students have already graduated, including about 4143 BS, 327 MS and 55 PhDs,” he said.

The six PhD scholars who graduated included Tufail Mohammad, Fazal Mohammad, Syed Zameer Abbas, Shahabuddin Ansari, Ahmad Abbas and Mohammad Fayaz. The Quaid-i-Azam medal for the overall best performance was awarded to Faiza Khalid and the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Medal for the best academic performance was awarded to Irfan Habib.

The BS graduates who got the faculty-based gold medals were: Mufaddal Tahir, Adeel Javaid, Hamza Belal Kazi, Zimad, Bilal Shahid, Itrah Sohail, Irfan Habib and Salman Yousaf.

The MS graduates gold medalists included Mohammad Shakeel and Sarah Sajjad.

Executive director of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan Shakeel Durrani, parents of the students and federal and provincial officials also attended the convocation.  

Date: 28th May, 2017