ISLAMABAD: 7,738 graduates including 298 PhD, 3359 M.Phil, 1198 M.Sc, and 2883 BS were conferred degrees in the 10th Convocation of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) here on Thursday. The Chancellor of QAU, Dr. Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan awarded the degrees to graduates.
While addressing the convocation the President stressed the universities to provide quality education to the students as it was the foremost requirement for the country’s development. He directed the education ministry and Higher Education Commission (HEC) to support universities in designing courses and departments in accordance with the demand for jobs in the market.
Referring to the shortage of professionals, especially in the medical field in the country, the president advised female professionals not to sit at home after completing their degree. The president said the literacy rate in the country was alarmingly low as over 20 million or 40% of children were currently out of school. He said to accommodate all the children at once, the government would need 55000 more schools which would be unaffordable for it. He feared that this huge number of out-of-school children could become a burden for the country in the future. He said the mosques could be utilized for providing education besides the use of the latest technology to educate the children while sitting at home.
Caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Madad Ali Sindhi on the occasion said the government was promoting education at every level. He said he had directed to provide all basic facilities to the schools in Islamabad as without basic facilities, the quality of education could not be improved.
Earlier Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar (S.I.) Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University, briefed the chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, and the audience regarding the achievements and future plans of the University. He said as a premier institution of higher education in the country, Quaid-i-Azam University has the potential to make significant contributions to the sustainable development and economic growth of the nation. The Vice Chancellor said, recently the university has launched a comprehensive strategy to take its vision into the future. “The current management of the university has taken swift steps to put the university on the path of excellence and development by adopting a holistic approach. Our plan involves optimizing administrative processes by identifying and addressing inefficiencies to save time and resources. We also aim to implement digital solutions across campus services and administrative processes in the near future” said the Vice Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor congratulated the parents, teachers, and graduates for their excellent dedication and performance.
President stressed the universities to provide quality education to the students as it was the foremost requirement for the development of the country. He urged the education ministry and Higher Education Commission (HEC) to support universities in designing the courses and departments in accordance with demand of jobs in the market. Addressing the Convocation ceremony of the Quaid-i-Azam University here, the president said Pakistan was passing difficult economic situation but hoped that the country would rise again soon by ensuring quality education, rule of law and justice. “Pakistan has full potential to develop and the sun of development and prosperity would rise in the country soon,” he remarked. During the ceremony, the president gave away medals to the top position holders and conferred degrees to the successful students in various departments of the university. Referring to shortage of professionals especially in medical field in the country, the president said that the female professional should contribute in the society after completing their degree. He said women of the country were very hardworking and they could play key role in development of the country by working shoulder to shoulder with the men. However, he stressed the need to provide them harassment free environment at work places so that they could work freely. The president said that over 24 million children were presently out of school. He said that the government would need almost 55000 more schools to educate these children but we should make all efforts to educate these children. Comparing the regional statistics, the president highlighted that in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, around 98% of the children were enrolled in schools. He said the mosques could be utilized for providing education besides use of latest technology, especially online education, to educate the children. President Alvi asked the universities to start 2-year associate degree programmes for the students as the market was demanding skilled based professionals. He said that globally around 56% of the total cyber security professionals were working without 4-year degrees in the field. He said after getting the degree, the students should not stop seeking knowledge but they must show passion to continue gaining knowledge at every step of life. He also emphasized on ensuring rule of law, justice and morality in their practical lives. “Justice is the foundation of Islam, it is the foundation of good human society.” Caretaker Minister for Federal Education Madad Ali Sindhi on the occasion said the government was promoting education at every level. He said he had directed to provide all basic facilities to the schools in Islamabad as without basic facilities, the quality of education could not be improved. Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar said in total 7,738 BS, MS, M.Phill and Ph.D students were awarded degrees in the convocation. He informed that currently Rs 14 billion worth of development projects in the university were in progress with support of China.
HEC to support universities in designing courses accordance with demand of jobs in market, Dr. Alvi