KARACHI: As many as 1,362 students of PhD, MPhil, Masters, BS, BA Hons and DSc have been conferred degrees in the 24th convocation of University of Karachi (KU), held here at Valika Ground on Thursday.
A large number of students, faculty members, notable personalities of education sector, parents and others attended the convocation. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khoro attended the convocation as a chief guest.
118 students were awarded with gold medal for their great academic performance. 180 students were of BA/BS/BCom/BPA, 703 pupils conferred degrees for Masters/BS, two conferred for BLIS, six for MILS, two for BE, 83 for Pharm D, 16 for M Phil, 100 for PhD while KU Registrar Dr Mansoor Ahmad was awarded with the highest Doctorate degree of Pakistan Doctor of Science (DSc).
Moreover, 269 students of evening programme were also conferred degrees.
In the year 2013 the total number of KU passed out students including every discipline was 4,831.
Addressing the 24th convocation Chief Guest and KU Pro Vice Chancellor Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khoro said, "It is an honour for me to distribute degrees among students of KU as once I was also a student here. The day is an emblem of the fact that Pakistani nation is struggling to equip its youth with the power of knowledge. I am glad that with respect to its teaching standards and a large number of graduating students every year, this university has a distinctly reputed place in the list of top national as well as international universities of the world. I am also aware of the speedy progress that this premier institution is making, especially in the fields related to science and technology."
He said that all of us must be aware of the fact that almost half of Pakistan's 185 million population is under the age of 17, which is a good omen, he said, adding that an estimate predicts that by 2050, Pakistan's population will grow to 335 million, which would make Pakistan the world's fourth largest country in terms of population. "Need of the hour is to take necessary measures to avoid this," he asserted.
Education minister further asserted that he was aware of the difficult socio political scenario of Pakistan and especially Karachi where it is becoming difficult for our youth to strive for a successful career. However, strong nations build their own pathways and struggle to achieve their goals no matter how difficult it is. A complete paradigm shift in attitude towards achieving our goal is the actual need of the day.
Khoro further added: "My dear students, while displaying your visionary and well-educated attitude towards life, you need to identify your role for the progress of this country and try playing it as effectively as possible. Our beloved homeland needs our devotion and immense support. Development is an ongoing process, which must never be halted. Today, we are struggling to attain a plausible position among the successful nations of the world. I have complete faith in the youth of this country that can lead us towards the path of success."
On the occasion, he also announced grant of Rs 5 million for establishing a TV studio at KU, Mass Communication Department and emphasised that the universities should also open campuses in interior Sindh, so that youth of remote areas must be facilitated with quality education.
Earlier, KU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser addressed the gathering, and said that university convocation was a time to witness academic grandeur in the form of its prolific faculty and graduating students. It is a time of excitement and eagerness for my students to embrace their upcoming opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities. KU is an institution of higher learning and research that has a considerable stature in society. The vibrancy of its culture where students of diverse cultures are studying in different disciplines adds to its international reputation. Within a vibrant culture of collaborative learning, this university models itself for advancement in other universities of Pakistan as well.
He added that KU was considered a premier institution of Pakistan that models itself as a learning hub for emerging scholars and researchers. It anticipates change and responds to it by upgrading its curricula as per the international advancements.
"The research and academic output of the university is well recognised globally as well. This institution of higher learning has a very good concentration of PhDs. It has so far produced 2,000 PhDs in different disciplines, including Arts, Science, Management and Administrative Sciences, Law, Education during the years 1958 till 2011. According to the databases SCI-E, SSCI, A&HCI from Thomson Reuters Web of Science, the university has published 365,392,431 and 488 publications in the year 2009, 2010, 2011 land 2012 respectively in the field of Science and Social Sciences in reputed journals," VC added.
He mentioned that the unresolved problem that the University still faced was its acute financial crises. "In order to deal with this issue, we are utilising all our resources and trying to mobilise our alumni to generate funds on regular basis, because we remember with pride the great scientists and scholars whose contributions have shaped this institution. To conclude, I must say that despite many financial constraints, University of Karachi has successfully managed to keep the process of development in motion. The caravan of intellect is continuing despite hardships and we will keep exploring new horizons in the future as well because our vision is at par with our missions."
It is necessary to mention here that it was the 6th consecutive convocation, which was not attended by KU Chancellor and Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan.
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