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FAST-NU 10th convocation: 381 FAST-NUCES students get degrees

Lahore, March 10, 2008: The 10th convocation of the FAST-National University (NU) of Computer and Emerging Sciences was held at its city campus on Saturday.

One hundred and sixty-five graduates were awarded degrees of Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer science, telecommunication engineering and computer engineering, and Master of Science (MS) in computer science, software project management and mathematics. Students who had shown excellence in the academic field were awarded with medals.

FAST Rector Dr Amir Muhammad, while delivering a speech, congratulated the graduates and gave them last-minute information with which they could excel in their lives.

FAST Director Dr Arshad Hussain said the institute had always distinguished itself in technical education in emerging sciences, as it started its computer sciences programme in the 80s, when it was hardly a known field.

He said that FAST's contribution to information technology was well-recognised all over the world. "Today, there are 2,100 students in 11 degree programmes being offered here at FAST," he said.

He said that in 2003, FAST started a degree programme in computer engineering, which was different from the traditional electrical engineering degree programme. "The Pakistan Engineering Council accredits our technical and computer education, which is of great honour for us," he said.

In the end, Dr Amir Muhammad distributed gold medals and degrees among students. A large number of students, their parents, and FAST faculty members were also present on the occasion.

381 FAST students get degrees
Islamabad, March 10, 2008: Some 381 graduates and postgraduates of National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES-FAST) on Sunday were awarded degrees at the 11th convocation of the university. A total number of 25 medals were awarded including eight gold medals, eight silver medals and nine bronze medals. The awardees included those who had showed brilliant performance from 2003 to 2006 in different disciplines.

The university Chancellor and Senator Wasim Sajjad was the chief guest on the occasion. FAST Director Dr Aftab A Maroof and Rector Dr Amir Muhammad also attended the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Sajjad said information technology could be an important ingredient to put the country on the way to development. Sajjad said that the youth of country should be equipped with latest scientific knowledge to compete with other nations as IT sector was playing effective role in the progress of the nations of world. He said that young experts in IT could prove a source of strength for the country. "Other South Asian countries earn billions of dollars from IT but we earn only 10 to 15 million dollars," he added. Amir Muhammd said the university had 30 Ph.Ds on its staff strength, which was rare for any other university in the country. Daily Times
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