ISLAMABAD: After facing turbulent times, Pakistanis are now entering into the phase of peace and progress, said President Dr Arif Alvi at the 11th convocation of and International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
After conferring PhD degrees and gold medals, IIUI Chancellor Dr Alvi said that Pakistan and its people have learnt from harsh times. He said that gaining knowledge and skills without being sensitive for humanity was similar to a null and void laborious activity. President Alvi stated that knowledge was imperative for maintaining peace and justice in society. He said youth was a precious asset and the nation was proud of its talented young minds.
IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai in his speech accredited the shift in the university’s academic programmes towards science and technology to changing national priorities.
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“To achieve this objective, the university in addition to the establishment of Sciences and Engineering based faculties has set up Al-Farabi Research Centre which is responsible for problem-solving research,” he said.
On the first day of the convocation, as many as 6,385 degrees were conferred on students, while 6,726 degrees will be conferred on female students on Thursday. A total 13,111 will be conferred between male and female students. The university will confer 206 PhD degrees on students making the total number of IIUI’s PhD students reach 419.
IIUI President Dr Ahmed Yousif al-Draiweesh said that IIUI is a prestigious scientific institution that has an enrolment of more than 31,000 students from 45 nationalities in nine faculties and 42 teaching departments and a Centre of excellence in Technology, Interdisciplinary research and advanced labs.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2019.
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