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12th Convocation of GIKI: 'Education imperative to scientific development'

Swabi, June 03, 2008: If we want to catch up with the developed countries in scientific and technological development, we will have to educate our youths, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan Chairman Dr Attaur Rahman said on Monday.

Speaking as the chief guest at the 12th Convocation of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Dr Rahman said that if we succeeded in educating all the youngsters of the country, it would be a great achievement.

Degrees were conferred on 211 GIKI students, including 189 BS, 21 MS and one PhD student, at the convocation.

Around 1,662 students graduated from the GIKI since its establishment in 1993, which includes 153 MS and 12 PhD students.

The HEC chairman said that in the year 2007-2008, the government allocated Rs253 million for education sector, out of which Rs53 million were allocated to the HEC. He said that the government was committed to promoting quality education and elevating literacy rate in the country.

Dr Rahman said that the HEC would provide 80 percent funds for research project jointly launched by the GIKI and industry sector. A nanotechnology centre would be established at the GIKI, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST) President and former NWFP caretaker chief minister Shamsul Mulk applauded the founder of the institute Ghulam Ishaq Khan, who was the former president of Pakistan. Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, the Academic Pro-Rector, also spoke on the occasion. Quaid-e-Azam medal for overall best performance among the faculty members was given to Ahmad Usman, while Ghulam Ishaq Khan Medal for the best academic performances was bagged by Wadood Javed Yahya. Faculty-based gold medals for BS programme were won by Aakif Tanveer, Muneeba Kibrya, Wadood Javed, Maham Aftab, Foaad Ahmed Tahir and Waqas Anwar. Daily Times


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"The faculty based gold medal programme of B.S. in Computer Software Engineering was awarded to Muhammad Zaid Mansoor, NOT Muneeba Kibrya. There was an error on behalf of the administration, which was corrected on the day of convocation."
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