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President Dr Arif Alvi Presides over GIK Institute Convocation at Presidency

The 24th Convocation of GIK Institute, Topi was held in President House, Islamabad. President Dr Arif Alvi presided over the convocation. Mr. Farid Rehman, President of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), Mr. Shakil Durrani, Executive Director, Engr.Jehangir Bashar, GIK Institute Rector, Prof Dr Jameel-Un Nabi, Pro-Rector, Academics, Sardar Aminullah Khan, Pro-Rector Administration and Finance, Deans and other faculty members attended the convocation. In line with safety measures against COVID-19, the convocation was held with limited number of students and only gold medalists of the graduating batch participated, while the rest of graduates,  their families and faculty witnessed the live ceremony telecasted through web-link.

President Alvi conferred degrees on total 490 students, in which 432 were BS graduates, 55 MS and three PhD scholars. It was the first convocation of any university ever held at President House.

In his address, President Dr Arif Alvi who is Chancellor of GIK Institute, said compared with conventional brick and mortar education facilities, the e-learning system had greater outreach with lesser expense.

    

He said it was time for educational institutes to work on easing up distance-learning systems and asked GIK Institute and other universities to increase the content of e-learning in their syllabus and teaching methods.

The President stated that in Pakistan, the areas of agriculture and medicine offered high prospects for education in new disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing to explore new vistas of opportunities.

He expressed his reservations about the notion of ‘copyright education’, terming it a way to limit spread of knowledge and a kind of intellectual exploitation.  Further, the education based on principles of social justice and equality can act as a catalyst in bringing positive change in society, he added.

President Dr. Arif Alvi regretted that the principles of the world were now being derived from the source of interests rather than morality as money had become a new religion. “As nation, we have to work at personal, national and international levels to strengthen the values of morality and ethics,” he said.

In Pakistan, he stated, education could be promoted through different steps including lowering of fees, skill-based education and encouraging education compatible with contemporary market.  “Pakistan will rise when it will cater to the needs of all segments including deprived and weak,” he stated.

He congratulated the GIK Institute graduates for their hard work and also the parents and teachers for their contribution in making the new generation of productive citizens for society. He advised them to never divert from the traditions of religion and culture that imbibed morality and decency.

    

Earlier, President SOPREST Mr. Farid Rehman urged upon students to become an inspiration for the world and make difference in the lives of others. He called upon the students to exploit the opportunity provided to them, especially those for downtrodden and living in rural areas.

Rector Jehangir Bashar while highlighting the Institutes international collaboration initiatives said that Chinese Tech Company Huawei had set up its training centre at GIK on Artificial Intelligence and intended its expansion as well. Pro-Rector Academics Jamee-Un Nabi mentioned that GIK Institute had effectively coped with student’s needs in pandemic by properly conducting online classes.

In the total conferred degrees, three were PhD scholars, namely: Muhammad Sajid Haroon, Muhammad Mehran Bashir and Shahab Haider.

The faculty based gold medals were awarded to Rehan, Syed Muhammad Bashmund Shah, Zaighum Akhar,    Abdur Rehman Anwar, Afaq Hussain, Humayyuan Rasheed, Ibrahim Abdurrab,  Sundas, Zulgarnain Haider, Muhammad Idrees, and Syed Wasif Ali. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Model was awarded to Syed Muhammad Bashmund Shah and Quaid-e-Azam medal to Maria Gulzar.

GIK set an historic precedent of holding its first virtual graduation ceremony at President House that was telecasted for about two hours and witnessed by a large number of students, faculty members, employees and parents. An introductory video on the Institute was also telecasted on the occasion.

 



Date: 25th October, 2020