HEC’s role becomes more prominent, wide ranging: Balighur Rehman

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 19 (APP): Engineer Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman,Minister of State for Education and Professional Training said that the role of higher education has become more prominent and wide ranging.
Addressing at the 11th Convocation of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) here on Thursday, he congratulated the students on their academic achievements.
Over 634 graduates including BBA, MBA, BS, MS and PhD in the fields of Management Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Computer Science and Bioinformatics were awarded degrees.
The Minister also awarded 49 medals which include 21 Gold, 14 Silver and 14 Bronze medals, to the graduates who stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective degree programmes.
The `Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal’ was also awarded to an overall
best graduate of the Convocation Miss Qudsia Adalat, graduate of
MBA, on her overall distinguished performance in curricular and
extracurricular activities. He appreciated the efforts and
contribution of the University in the field of higher education.
He said that in the present day scenario, education does not
end with acquiring a degree; it is a lifelong affair exploring new
horizons, and broadening of the vision, marching on a never-ending
journey towards new frontiers of knowledge.
In the present times, we do not only need just the
conventional types of education, we are now faced with challenges of
different types and it is the higher education which plays a key
role in determining the position of a nation in today’s knowledge
driven economy, he said.
It guarantees sustainable progress and assures a place of
respect to both individuals and nations, he further added.
Dr. M. Mansoor Ahmed, Executive Vice President in his welcome
address said the event is a significant milestone in the lives of
graduates.
He congratulated the students and hoped that the graduates
will contribute towards scientific and technological development of
the country through their ability, dignity, determination and
commitment.
He highlighted the contribution made by the University in the
field of higher education. He informed that the University has
earned a prominent position amongst its competitors by putting high
emphasis on R&D activity and its graduate programs.
Dr. Inam Gillani, Chairman Pakistan Council for Science and
Technology, while addressing the occasion said that Muslim scientist
remained touch bearer in the field of science and their masterpieces
remained included in the curricula for more than 500 years.
In order to rise again, it is dire need of the day that Muslim
youth must excel in the field of research and science. It is only
way Muslims can rise again, he added. He further said that MAJU
University is playing a vital role in the field of research and
development.
While delivering his keynote address at the 11th Convocation
of the Muhammad Ali Jinnah University.
Seven PhD graduates received their PhD degrees; including
Ayesha Noor, Muhammad Faisal Rizwan, Nadeem Iqbal and Tariq Iqbal
Khan in the field of Management Science, while Mohammad Zumard Shah,
Muhammad Riaz and Yasir Awais Butt in the field of Electronic
Engineering.
Mian Amer Mahmood, the Chancellor of the University and
Chairman Punjab Group of Colleges presented the University Shield
and souvenir to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor.