61st Convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology was held on 16 April 2014 at CIIT Abbottabad. 430 students were awarded degrees whereas 20 students with distinctions were presented with gold, silver and bronze medals. The event was attended by the graduating students, parents of the graduating students, faculty members and other distinguished guests from various fields of life. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan graced the event as Chief Guest. Deputy speaker National Assembly Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbassi also attended the event.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest stated that pursuit of knowledge plays a pivotal role in nation building. He statedthat it is the era of knowledge revolution and only nations with better ability to produce and use knowledge will progress. Continuing, he stated that if we want to see our nation progressing then everyone will have to contribute. He emphasized the role of youth in nation building as they have the passion to work for the uplift of their motherland therefore he advised the graduating students to render their efforts for the bright future of Pakistan for they are the future of Pakistan. He further advised them to uphold positive thinking and self belief as nothing is impossible to achieve with the help of positive thinking and self belief. While mentioning the importance of law Federal Minister said that rule of law should be above everything and everyone should abide by the laws and rules.
Also to address the occasion was deputy speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbassi who in his address acknowledged and appreciated the efforts rendered by CIIT Abbottabad in the field of higher education. He said that CIIT Abbottabad filled the gap for need of a quality Higher education institute in this region and since its establishment CIIT Abbottabad is performing a great service to the nation by educating the young brains of not only this region but nationwide. While speaking to the graduating students he stressed upon the need of education as it is through education that our country can rise among the society of nations he further advised them to make use of their education for the benefit of their homeland.
The Rector CIIT Dr S.M. Junaid Zaidi (S.I.) in his address thanked the guests and congratulated the graduating students and their parents on this blissful occasion of their lives. He advised graduating students to base their practical life on the principles of honesty, sincerity and truthfulness and to work wholeheartedly for the progress and well being of Pakistan.
While presenting report on the occasion of 61st Convocation held at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Abbottabad, Director CIIT Abbottabad Professor Dr Khan Gul Jadoon expressed his gratitude and satisfaction over the Institute’s excellent conduct and successful achievements at academic and research fronts. He attributed CIIT Abbottabad’s success to the hard work of faculty and staff of CIIT Abbottabad.
Continuing, he stated that under the guidance of its founding Director Dr Haroon Rashid, CIIT Abbottabad which was established in 2001 achieved incredible success and by the grace of Allah CIIT Abbottabad now ranks high among the educational institutes of the country. The institute that started off with student intake of mere 121 now serves as an educational hub for more than 5600 students in 17 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs, enlightened by 490 faculty members among which 175 are PhD’s. The faculty of CIIT Abbottabad had always been active at research activities and has contributed more than 800 research papers in the acclaimed research journals and currently 50 research projects are on the credit of CIIT Abbottabad.
He also shared with the audience that CIIT Abbottabad holds liaison with industry and academia not only nationally but also internationally. He further apprised the gathering that CIIT Abbottabad believes in equal opportunity and in this regard CIIT Abbottabad has many financial aid schemes like Taleem Fund, Qarz-e-Hasna for the talented students who cannot continue their studies due to financial constraints. Apart from this CIIT Abbottabad is playing its role of Corporate Social Responsible Organization whereby CIIT Family is looking after 100 hundred orphan children of Pakistan Sweet Home. CIIT Abbottabad had always been on the fore fronts in the times of national disasters like Earthquakes and floods and will always be at the fore fronts in the hour of need.
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