ISLAMABAD: “Graduation time, finally!” was the feeling in the air as more than 600 students graduated in multiple disciplines at Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati, who is also the chancellor of the university, distributed degrees and medals to successful students. In his speech, the minister praised the efforts of the university’s faculty and management for promoting modern education. He said that CIIT recognises its responsibilities and is “committed to providing the best opportunities” for learning and personal development.
“We have great respect for those universities that provide quality education amid the controversies of bogus degrees around the country,” he added.
Students who did well in their programmes were given campus medals (awarded to students that get first position in their class), institute medals (awarded to students that top their department) and chancellor gold medals (to overall position holders). Students awarded the chancellor gold medal are: Jawad Hussain, Atiqur Rehman, Abdul Majeed Fazal, Muhammad Ali Rafiq, Sumbul Sajjad, Sakina Shabbir, Amtul Samie Maqbool, Waqar Shams and Zeeshan Munawar.
CIIT also awarded the “Q K Ghori Award” for the best thesis produced by Fouzia Sattar in mathematics and “Kausar Bashir Award” to Shoaib Nawaz for showing the best performance in architecture.
The university’s rector, Dr S M Junaid Zaidi, said that information technology institutions have been trusted to be the centre stage of academia and these institutions have the mandate to evolve a knowledge-based socio-economic culture in the country to help the nation face the modern challenge of globalisation.
Students got their bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, bioinformatics, electronics, mathematics, business administration, architecture, environmental sciences and chemical engineering.
The graduate students got their master’s degrees in business administration, project management, computer science, energy management, management sciences, health informatics, biosciences, mathematics and physics.
The PhD degrees were awarded to three students: to Maleeha Azam and Faraz Arshad Malik in biosciences and to Shabbir Ahmad in physics.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2010.