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Address by the Vice-Chancellor at the 19th Convocation of UET, Lahore
VC UET

Lt.Gen(R) Muhammad Akram Khan :

 

  • It is a matter of great honour, for the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has graced today’s function, as Chief Guest, alongwith the Governor Punjab, Minister of State for Education, and Parliamentary Secretary Education.
    Sir, on behalf of the students, the staff and on my own behalf, I welcome you to the university, and thank you for sparing your valuable time to attend the convocation.
     
  • Ladies and gentlemen, today the university will confer 39 PhD degrees, 1064 M.Sc/M.Phil degrees and 4823 bachelor degrees. Since a sizeable number of graduates, has already collected the degrees, before convocation, therefore, actual number receiving the degrees will be much less. I extend my heartiest congratulations, to the graduating students, and wish them success, in their future endeavors.
     
  • Ladies and gentlemen, UET Lahore is the oldest engineering educational institution, of Pakistan. As per HEC ranking, it is No.1 Public Sector Engineering University of Pakistan. In QS World Ranking, UET is 281, amongst the top Engineering and Technology Universities of the world. It has international standing, and its graduates are accepted, the world over.
     
  • To cope up, with the ever increasing demand, for engineering graduates, in the country, the university has been under expansion, with the advent, of the new millennium. During this period, more than 3 billion rupees have been inducted, in this campus. Consequently:-

    • Number of degree awarding departments, has increased, from 9 to 23.
       
    • Number of Research Centres, has increased, from 2 to 14.
       
    • Student enrolment has risen, from 4854 to 9804, including 200 PhD scholars.
       
    • Number of under-graduate programmes, has increased, from 10 to 23, and post graduate programmes, from 32 to 55.
       
    • During this period, 39 PhDs have been produced, as compared to 4 PhDs, during the previous forty years.
       
  • After maximum expansion, of the Main Campus Lahore, it was decided, to set up new campuses, close to the industrial zone of Lahore and Faisalabad. Thus:-

    • K Campus has been established, at a cost of Rs.788 million, on Lahore Bypass.
       
    • Faisalabad Campus has been established, at a cost of Rs.513 million, while 220 acres of land has been provided, by the government of the Punjab.

  • Today, the KSK, and Faisalabad Campuses, are operational. Similarly, RCET has come up well. However, student’s induction in these campuses, has been kept low, at about 1600, because hostel facilities are not fully developed yet.
     
  • Together with the development of its campuses, UET has been actively promoting university-industry linkages. In that, we have been successful, in collaborating with Chinese Technology Companies, like Huawei, Zte and Supcon, which have set up joint training facilities, at UET, at a cost of Rs.700 million. This collaboration is a hall mark of Pak – China friendship.
     
  • For future strengthening of UET, and its campuses, a package of Rs.5.929 billion was sanctioned, by ECNEC, in November 2007. Out of this allocation, an amount of Rupees 2.2 billion, is to be spent, on civil works, Rs. 1.6 billion on equipment, and Rs.1.7 billion on faculty development. On completion of this project, the students enrolment will be enhanced to 15000, and faculty will be expanded to 850, while 274 teachers will be imparted Ph.D. training abroad. So far Rs. 1.6 billion have been utilized on this mega project. However face of further development has been curtailed, because of financial squeeze. This might necessitate rescheduling of the project.
     
  • At present university has 130 PhDs 118 teachers are doing Ph.D. abroad, under university’s Faculty Development Programme. Another 114 teachers are doing PhD abroad, under various scholarships, while 37 teachers are doing local PhD. Thus, a total of 269 teachers, are undergoing PhD training.
     
  • Ladies and gentlemen, you will be pleased to know, that the upgradation of Rachna College, into an Engineering University, has recently been announced, by the Prime Minister. The case for enactment of charter, has been approved, by the Chief Minister Punjab. Similarly, Faisalabad Campus of UET, will be upgraded, into an Engineering University, in due course of time. These two institutions, will greatly enhance, students access, to engineering education.
     
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the Auditorium Complex, in which we are holding today’s function, is largest of the 20 newly constructed buildings, in this campus. Its main hall, has a seating capacity of 2500 incidentally our undergraduate induction was 2244. In addition, there are 12 Lecture Theaters, and a Refreshment Hall, in the basement. This building has been completed, at a cost of Rs. 218 million for which 144 million have been released by planning commission, Rs. 53 million have been donated by the Government of the Punjab, and Rs 21 million have been arranged from University’s own resources.
     
  • Ladies and gentlemen, it is my proud privilege to announce, that UET Auditorium Complex, has been inaugurated, by the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, today. Sir, we are grateful to you.
     
  • In the end, I once again congratulate the graduating students, and the medal winners, on their excellent performance.
     
  • I also thank the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Governor Punjab, the Governor Punjab, Minister of State for Education, and Parliamentary Secretary Education. and the distinguished guests, for gracing today’s function.
     
  • Thank you ladies and gentlemen.