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President Arif Alvi Presides over GIK Institute Convocation 2020 at Presidency

The 24th Convocation of GIK Institute was held in President House, Islamabad. His Excellency, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi presided over the Convocation 2020. Mr Farid Rehman, President of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), Mr Shakil Durrani Executive Director SOPREST, Engr. Jehangir Bashar GIK Institute Rector, Professor 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 432 Bachelors, 55 Masters and 3 PhD scholars. This was the first convocation of any university ever held at President House. The Faculty based gold medals were awarded to Rehan, Syed Muhammad Bashmund Shah, Zaighum Akhar, Abdur Rehman Anwar, Afaq Hussain, Humayyuan Rasheed, Ibrahim Abdurrab, Sundus Zulqarnain Haider, Muhammad Idrees, and Syed Wasif Ali. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Medal was awarded to Syed Muhammad Bashmund Shah and Quaid-e-Azam medal to Maria Gulzar.

    

In his address, President Alvi, who is the Chancellor of GIK Institute, said that importance of distance learning education has been realized in Pakistan after COVID 19. He said that in line with Universities like Harvard, knowledge and lectures should be made available online. GIK Institute should also participate in delivery of hybrid and distance learning education. Dr Alvi said that changing Pakistan needs the students to contribute in knowledge. The Pakistani graduates should also promote their cultural and religious values while contributing to the progress of the country. President of Pakistan congratulated the graduates for their hard work and also their parents and teachers on this occasion.

President SOPREST, Mr Farid Rehman said that, GIK was among those first, few universities in the country which decided to take on the COVID challenge and quickly shifted to online delivery of courses. On behalf of the GIK Institute and its Board of Governors he assured President Alvi that GIK Institute would put its best efforts towards a fully connected, intelligent, digital Pakistan.

Rector Jehangir Bashar said that GIK Institute objective is to provide an excellent teaching and research environment to produce graduates who can lead the way in the techno-industrial transformation of society. He said that the Institute was ranked number 24 out of 453 universities worldwide and top position among all Pakistani universities on Quality Education by Times Higher Education in the 2019 University Impact Ranking in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Overall GIK was ranked 201–300 worldwide, and among the top 3 universities in Pakistan. Rector informed that the Institute recently signed an agreement with Huawei, and a four-year BS degree in AI, being introduced by GIK from Fall 2020, will be partnered by Huawei. The program is the first of its kind in the country and will have particular emphasis on practical skills. Rector appreciated the Presidential Initiative for Artificial Intelligence & Computing, the mission of which is to make Pakistan a global hub for artificial intelligence, data science, cloud computing, edge computing, block chain, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things.

    

Earlier, Pro Rector Academics, Professor Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi mentioned that GIK Institute believes in inclusive education. He said that 75% of GIK faculty have PhD degrees from the best universities worldwide. Overall student- teacher ratio is 1:18. There is a strong emphasis on research for which substantial funds are provided by the Institute. Last year GIK had 46 funded projects running which comes to around 0.5 per faculty or 0.6 per PhD faculty.



Date: 23rd November, 2020