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3rd convocation of Defence College held

KARACHI, May 5- (The Nation): The 3rd convocation of Defence Degree College Karachi was held in the College Auditorium here on Friday.

The Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim presided over the convocation and conferred the degrees on the passing out graduates.

Dr Pirzada Qasim in his convocation address said that in the 60 years of its existence the nation has dismally lagged behind in education. He lamented that over the years the number of educational institutions in the country swelled but the culture for learning and research could not be developed.

He attributed this dismal state to the lack of political will and allocation of inadequate funds for education. He said that in the field of education critical mass could not be achieved essentially required to exacerbate the development process. He said that against the minimum spending 4 per cent of natural GDP required for any meaningful development in education only 2 per cent GDP was being spent for the purpose in the past.

He lauded the efforts of government, which for the first time had realised, the significance of developing knowledge based society in the country. He said that the present government had raised the educational budget allocation to 2 per cent of GDP and plans to take it to 4 per cent of GDP for attaining sustainable growth and development in education sector.

The VC said that the real wealth of a society was quality of manpower it produced and added that in the world of knowledge-based competition; quality and relevance of education were the key elements in national development. The VC advised the students to develop in them a strong sense of dedication and patriotism.

He described the DHA Colleges affiliated with Karachi University as some of the best institutions. He said that the DHA educational institutions maintained discipline and academically vibrant environment at its campuses, which was laudable.

In his welcome address, the principal of the College, Capt (R) Ahmed Zaheer PN, stated that the core values embedded in the system of education at DHA College were based on merit, truth, diligence, tolerance and humility. He urged the students to remain committed to the values espoused by their alma mater and give their best to the nation.

The chief guest conferred degrees on 85 graduates of Commerce and Arts. He also awarded medals to the meritorious students of the College. Kamran Mirza, Faisal Tahir, Summayya Jamal Rostum and Samreen Nisar Qureshi received the medals as highest achievers.
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