ISLAMABAD: Rector of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Engineer Mohammad Asghar highlighted the importance and role of education particularly research and innovation through which nations could achieve progress to become prosperous and powerful countries.
Expressing these views during a Convocation ceremony held in the university main campus here Tuesday, the rector referred to a study conducted by America according to which the scope of new education has doubled throughout the world from 1995 to 2005 compared to previous years since the creation of the world. Moreover, scope of new education like science and technology and research would expand further and be double after every three years.
In the past countries which were prosperous in textile, agriculture and industries were considered to be powerful nations. However, now the situation is changing because the countries which are working on education and increasing the number of educational institutions at higher level like universities are being considered to be more developed and prosperous. The scope of new education which is being made through increase in the number of universities particularly those providing Science and Technology education and research work is expanding with each day, he claimed. In this regard, Mohammad Asghar without naming stated that one of the European country has earmarked a huge amount of 79 billion Euro only for research work and promotion of Science and Technology for the year 2013. However, there is need to transform new education system for generation of revenue and improvement of economy of the country. However, ethics and moral values have to be followed for improving revenue and gaining profit, rector specially stressed on this point.
He said at present times according to national and international experts, NUST is considered to be the best university at higher level which is providing good and better education of Science and Technology to the students which after getting relieved from this institution are serving at higher posts in leading national departments. Later on, he conferred degrees on the undergraduate students of different faculties including School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME), NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), Institute of Environmental Sciences & Engineering (IESE), Institute of Geographical Information System (IGIS) and Atta ur Rahman School of Applied Bio Sciences.
The Principals of their respective faculties including Tariq Mahmood of IGIS, Dr Abdul Ghafoor of SMME, Dr Peter John of ASAB while speaking threw light over the overall performances of their schools and students and congratulated those who achieved their degrees and got medals in different categories.
Those who achieved distinction in their related subjects through their brilliant performances were awarded President Gold Medals and Rectors Civil Gold Medals. President Gold Medals were awarded to Shehryar Shafique (Civil Engineering), Beenish Imtiaz (Environmental Engineering), Syed Hammad Ali Burney (Mechanical Engineering) and Sadia Nasar Mirza (Applied Business). Rector’s Gold Medals for the best projects were conferred upon Iqra Chaudhry (Civil Engineering), Sana Rasool (Environmental Engineering), Zohaib Rafique (Mechanical Engineering) and Sania Arif (Applied Business). While Chancellor’s Silver Medals were awarded to Jamal Ali, Leena Aftab, Haider Ali and Sania Arif as well as Saba Safdar (both secured second position) in the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering , Mechanical Engineering and Applied Bio Sciences respectively.
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