Speakers have stressed the need for personality development of students and imparting them scientific education.
They said this while addressing the 44th convocation of the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (Fast-NUCES) here on Wednesday, said a press release.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal as well as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, attended the event.
Degrees were awarded to 357 bachelor’s, master’s and PhD candidates.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three position-holders for outstanding academic performance.
Fast Director Dr Arshad Ali Shahid, in his welcome address, narrated the history of the Islamabad Campus of FAST-NUCES, how it started 20 years ago, and how in such a short span of time, it has now become what he described as one of the most vibrant, effective, and rewarding seats of higher learning in the country.
The commitment of the faculty, hard work of the students, and support and guidance of the university management has helped the campus reach this enviable stature, he said.
“Graduates of the university have earned respectable positions in both national and multi-national organisations”, Shahid said.
He also mentioned that Fast’s PhD programme undoubtedly held the most significant contribution by any single university, in terms of both quality and quantity of computer science research in Pakistan, pointing to the fact that it had produced 22 PhDs.
Fast Rector Dr Amir Muhammed noted that character-building and personality-development of the youth should be the foremost goal in education.
“Pakistan is a nation of approximately 200 million, blessed with priceless resources, both material and human. We can take on challenges by equipping our youth with science and technology coupled with high moral values,” he concluded.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2016.