26th Convocation of University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore was held at main auditorium of university. Governor Punjab and Chancellor of University Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar presided over the convocation. While Vice Chancellor UET Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Chairman Pakistan Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid and Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi were also present.
Addressing the convocation, Governor Punjab and Chancellor University Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar congratulated all the graduating students and their parents, saying the institution was delivering quality education and its accredited Outcome Based Education (OBE) programs were recognized in 20 developed countries of the world under the Washington Accord.
“I appreciate the UET for improving its QS World University ranking i.e. 171 position in top 500 Universities of Asia. This marvelous achievement in such a short time is testament to the competence, commitment and continuous efforts of the faculty, administration and students of University” he added. He advised students to become productive and humanistic creator of Pakistan’s future. In his concluding remarks he said, “Pakistan is an independent country and youth should worth this freedom. Your success is due to the sacrifices of your parents which should be regarded with hard work.” Vice Chancellor UET Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar said, “As UET’s 16th Vice Chancellor, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the graduates, their families, and their teachers. Graduates, your success has a lot to do with your hard work, love, prayers, and support of your parents and families, guidance of your teachers, challenges of your peers, love and care of your friends and help of supporting staff at the university. We all are proud of you.” He further said that they were to achieve the goal of making the university financially self-sustainable and were raising funds to provide scholarships to the needy students so that no student could be denied education at UET due to financial constraints. He said efforts were being made to reduce energy expenses by installing solar power plants and replacing conventional lights and fans with energy efficient lights and fans.
He discussed the improvements in the academic parameters at the university which saw 4.pc increase in undergraduate enrollment, 88.7pc raise in graduate enrollment, 27.4pc increase in research publications, 36.3pc increase in Impact Factor research publications and 304pc increase in research funding through competitive research grants. Later, gold medals, certificates, shields and cash prizes worth Rs. 50,000 were awarded to the position holders of all the five campuses of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students. Vice Chancellor announced that Gold Medal winners would be offered a fast track entry into Lampro Mellon's SoC training program. They would not undertake the online test. He said this was really a big achievement for UET in this context he thanked Ms. Sabahat Rafique, the CEO of Lampro Mellon, and her team, Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Minister Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun, Chairman PHEC Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir, Director ORIC for their contribution in enabling this partnership.
Under 7 different faculties as many as 2256 degrees including 24 doctoral degrees, 475 M. Phil/MS degrees, 96 M.Sc. and 1662 undergraduate degrees to B.Sc. session 2019 and Architecture 2018 were awarded to students of UET. However, 66 Gold Medals were distributed among students. Degrees were awarded in UET main and sub-campuses of UET followed by the number of 1683 degrees in UET Lahore main campus, 226 in New campus (UET-KSK), 159 degrees in UET Faisalabad (UET-FSD) campus, 85 degrees in Rachna College of Engineering and Technology (UET-RCET), 103 degrees in UET Narowal (UET-NWL) campus. In this event, members of syndicate, Deans, foreign delegates, Registrar Muhammad Asif, Controller Examination Muhammad Zargham Nusrat, Treasurer Hassna Munir, former vice chancellor GC university Dr. Khaleeq Ur Rehman, Engr. Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry (President PTI Punjab) chairpersons of academic and administrative offices were present.
At the end of convocation Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mansoor Sarwar presented souvenirs to the honorable guests Governor Punjab and Chancellor of University Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chairman PHEC Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid and Chairman PEC Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi.