ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday said higher education is the key to the nation’s socio-economic development and urged the universities to impart quality education to students to help them compete in the contemporary digital world.
Addressing the 6th convocation of Quaid-e-Azam University held at the Convention Centre here, the President said Pakistan being a developing country needed highly educated people and experts to bring it at par with the developed world.
President Mamnoon said there was no dearth of talent in the country as many talented youth had demonstrated their metal at the national and international level.
He called upon the universities to pay greater attention to devise educational and research programs relevant to the present and future development needs of the country.
He said it was also highly imperative for the universities to produce individuals with strong character and moderate temperament to build a just and tolerable society.
The President congratulated the graduates on the successful completion of their studies. He also felicitate the faculty and the parents for their support and encouragement to the degree
He termed convocations as cherished ceremonies which mark a transition from one phase of life to another.
He expressed confidence that the achievement of graduates would enable them face challenges in their careers ahead and they would bring recognition and satisfaction to their university and the society.
“I advise you to build upon your achievements and apply them for your personal development and for the progress, prosperity and wellbeing of humanity,” he said.
The President said the graduates of Quaid-i-Azam University were rendering valuable services to the nation in various fields and making useful contributions to the cause of national development.
Since its inception, he said, the Quaid-i-Azam University had been a great seat of learning and a center of excellence.
President Mamnoon Hussain quoted Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who had said, “Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students, who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves by discipline, education, and training for the
arduous task lying ahead of them.”
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai said the Quaid-e-Azam University was extending services with a vision to generate new knowledge through high quality research, and provision of quality education at affordable cost.
He said the QAU was also playing its role of transforming country into a knowledge-based economy by providing solutions through research relevant to the national needs.
He apprised the audience of the latest achievements of the QAU and mentioned that the university was at the number one ranking by Higher Education Commission among medium size universities of the country for the last four years.
He said 75 percent of the faculty holds a PhD degree while 36 percent student body comprises M.Phil/Ph.D.
Later, President Mamnoon Hussain awarded degrees and medals to the distinguished students. Vice Chancellor Dr Yasinzai presented souvenir to the President.
As many as 1708 students were given degrees in Masters program, 786 in M.Phil and 181 in Ph.D.