Students must compete with international standards in education to excel in their chosen fields. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Information and Technology Dr Sania Nishtar while addressing the 51st convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) at Jinnah Convention Centre on Tuesday.
The minister underlined the crucial role of institutions in the development of countries. She advised the students to gain understanding and exposure of diverse cultures. While congratulating the successful students, she appreciated the efforts of the faculty.
A total of 550 students were awarded graduate degrees in various disciplines while 16 students were awarded postgraduate degrees. Position holders were awarded medals.
In his address, the CIIT Rector Dr Junaid Zaidi said knowledge acquisition and higher education are transforming virtually every aspect of society. “Information Technology institutions have the mandate to evolve a knowledge-based socioeconomic culture in the country to help the nation cope with the modern challenges of globalisation,” he said.
Later, CIIT Executive Director Dr Shahid Ahmed Khan commended the research and faculty development at the institution. Moreover, he announced 48 “Research Productivity Awards” for the faculty members.
The medalists include Asad Javed, Muhammad Saad Nawaz, Sarhad Manzoor, Fareeha Amjad, Tayyaba Zaheer, Naimah Tehreem Qazi, Sidra Asdiq, Nayab Kiran, Faria Hassan, Sehrish Kanwal, Irum JavaidSiddiqui, Maha Aleem, Saima Noureen, Bushra Mumtaz, Hafsah Riaz,Bushra Resham, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Jehangir Khan, Muhammad Haseeb, Inaullah, Hafiza Maryam Aslam, Syed Zain Abbas and Maryam Mubarak for Fall 2012.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2013.
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