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UET HOLDS 20th CONVOCATION

LAHORE (11 thMarch, 2013) The 20 th Convocation of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore was held here on Monday. The Governor of the Punjab and Chancellor of the University Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He conferred degrees upon the graduates and postgraduates (MS.c, M.Phil and Ph.D) of various disciplines. 37 Ph.Ds, 269 M.Sc/M.Phil and 1826 Bachelor students were awarded degrees at the event.

Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Akram Khan, in his welcome address, thanked the Governor of the Punjab Makhdoom Syed Mahmud Ahmed for sparing his valuable time to preside over the convocation. Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor said that according to the QS World Ranking, UET was ranked at 385, amongst the top Engineering and Technology Universities of the world. The VC said that UET had an international standing, and its graduates are accepted the world over.

He further said that to strengthen UET and its campuses, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had sanctioned a package of Rs.5.929 billion in November, 2007. Out of this allocation, an amount of Rs.2.2 billion, have been utilized. On completion of this project, the student’s enrolment will be enhanced to 15000.

Governor/Chancellor of university while addressing the Convocation appreciated the efforts made by the Vice-Chancellor for the development of UET, as one of the best public sector universities of Pakistan”. He congratulated the graduates particularly the award winners on their brilliant performance. This is indeed a memorable occasion for them, for their parents and for their teachers. It is a significant moment for the nation as well because another batch of professionally qualified people has been added to the National Talent Pool.

Speaking on the occasion Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood Governor of the Punjab and Chancellor of the University said that the developed world is according a high priority to education. Unfortunately, a similar priority has not been given to education in Pakistan. Therefore education, particularly in Science and Technology, is the need of the hour. Today global wealth is concentrated less and less in factories, land and machinery, rather human capital is concentrated more important than physical capital. Our country also needs human capital having sound professional knowledge, high technical skills, innovative approach and total commitment.

 

He said that the developed nations are continuously their capabilities through education and research, as indicated by the expanding infrastructure, and spread and influence of their products and services in the international markets. Technology is a direct product of the academic and research endeavors carried out at the institutions of higher learning in the developed world. As such the universities have become the prime source of ideas that are increasingly been translated into viable market commodities in the shape of products, processes and services.

The Governor of the Punjab further said that in the United States more than 75% of the registered patents have their origin in the universities. The University-Industry linkages and Industry-Academia collaboration and partnership have increased the possibilities ever than before to convert the knowledge and innovative ideas into commercial undertaking. Universities in Pakistan, particularly the engineering universities must modify up-date and over-haul their traditional systems and curricula while following the international best practices and helping Pakistan develop and prosper.

The Chancellor said that high quality human capital is developed in high quality education systems providing the advanced skills that command a premium in today’s workplace. I am happy that UET is producing graduates who are acceptable in the domestic as well as international market.

He appreciated that the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore has shown remarkable progress and expansion by establishing its campuses at new location like Kala Shah Kaku, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Norowal, which is certainly a valuable and meaningful addition to the engineering and technological educational facilities in the country. The establishment of “Energy Development and Research Centre” at Kala Shah Kaku Campus of the University is expected to play a significant role in resolving the energy crisis in the country.

The Chancellor was pleased to learn about the technical collaboration between Chinese Telecom Industry and UET, Lahore. We should expand this cooperation to other fields of Science and Technology as well. It is through Universities-Industry linkages that we can carry out applied research for the betterment of country’s economy.

In the end the Governor/Chancellor of the university once again congratulated the graduating students, particularly those who have attained higher merit position. He was confident that the students will continue to build on what has been acquired so far. He advised the students to work hard with commitment and dedication so as to excel in life.

 

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