|1419 awarded degrees at NED convocation - Pakistan Daily Times|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 01:48|
1,419 awarded degrees at NED convocation
KARACHI: As many as 1,418 students received degrees in their relevant disciplines at the 21st convocation of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, held at the main campus of the varsity.
Engineer Abul Kalam, Vice Chancellor NED, presided over the convocation due to unavailability of the chancellor/ Sindh governor. Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was the chief guest at the ceremony. Besides Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shaibzada Farooq Ahmed Rafeeqi and other faculty members, a larger number of student and their parents were also present on the occasion.
At the convocation, 1, 289 students were awarded with Bachelor Degrees, while 127 students were awarded Masters Degrees. 20 highest graders were also awarded gold medals and merit certificates.
Moreover, Dr Arjmnend Masood, Associate Professor Civil Engineering Department and Dr Sadia Muniza Faraz, Assistant Professor Electronic Engineering Department were conferred with PhD degrees.
Addressing the gathering, Murad congratulated the graduating students and advised them to prove the worth of degree in their practical lives.
He said students of NED should continue with their hard struggle, as bright future was awaiting them. Shah asserted that NED started providing education with only three departments, but now they were spreading knowledge in 24 disciplines. The minister said, “Government is well aware about financial crisis of universities, including NED, and all assistance will be provided by the government soon in this regard.”
In his address, VC NED, Engineer Abul Kalam congratulated the passing out students. He said that the number of registration at NED was 3,014 in 1997-99, while in 2012-13, the number increased up to 8,443, which is great success that academy had achieved.
He informed that two faculty members had earned their doctorate also degrees.
“Until now this university has kept restricted its doctorate programme only for its faculty members. This restriction was necessary in order to bring up the number of doctorate qualified faculty at this university, which from barely 15 in 1997 rose to 93 now,” he further said.
“The Pakistan Marine Academy is now affiliated with NED,” he informed.
Talking to Daily Times, Fahadullah, son of Shokatullah, who completed bachelors in Telecommunication, commented: “Today, I am very happy that I have fulfilled the dream of my parents.” He said that he would do job in Pakistan and would try to enlighten the name of his university and country.