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Karachi

December 7, 2017

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Iqra University awards degrees to 800 students at 16th convocation

In contemporary times when the knowledge economy has become the centre of focus, the role of education has become even more important in the development of human capital. After all, a literate and skilled society has a better chance of developing itself economically and socially.
These views were expressed by Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair as he presided over the Iqra University’s 16th annual convocation on Wednesday. Lauding the varsity’s efforts, the governor said the university had developed itself rapidly in the last few years.
About 800 students graduated at the convocation in different programmes, including the Media Sciences, Computer Sciences, Telecommunication Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Fashion & Textile Design, Education and Business Administration. The successful students were awarded Bachelor's, Master’s, M Phil and PhD Degrees in their different fields.
“From expansion of state-of-the-art facilities to aid the growth and development of its students and faculty, to international collaborations such as with Harvard University, the IU has indeed emerged as an institution imparting quality higher education in the country,” opined the governor.
He recalled that during his student years only a handful of students would pursue higher education, and that it was indeed great to see that a large number of students were graduating today. Zubair attributed the rise of in number of graduates to a change in the higher education sector.
Advising the graduating students to work hard, the governor cautioned them that they would be confronted by immense competition once they step into their professional lives. He praised parents of all the students for enabling their children to become degree holders today.
“Strong nations build their own pathways and keep struggling to achieve their goals. This day in itself is an emblem of the fact that the Pakistani nation is struggling to equip its youth with the power of

knowledge.”
He added that our country needed our unaltered devotion and immense support. “Development is an ongoing process. Today, we are struggling to be identified among successful nations of the world,” he concluded.
Vice chancellor of Iqra University, Prof Dr Wasim Qazi, said the varsity has done its best to add to its students’ knowledge and to make a meaningful contribution to the society’s progress and development.
Prof Qazi said that only five per cent of the country’s people manage to acquire higher education and graduating students of IU should consider themselves lucky to be among them. “In the last two decades, Pakistan became the only SAARC-member country whose Human Development Index went gone down from 128 to 147.
This happened despite a huge financial investment in the education, particularly in the higher education sector.” Allocated Rs3.9 billion in 2001, the education budget allocation stands at Rs36 billion in 2017, the VC added.
While identifying factors that result in a low per capita income in Pakistan, the professor said the problem lay in a lack of spending on education, hiring unqualified teachers, less mean years of schooling, wider income inequality and unemployment.
He added that the IU overcame significant milestones in 20 years of its establishment by not only achieving the top rank among business universities of the country by HEC, but also by innovations in its collaborations.

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