PESHAWAR: A total of 143 students were awarded bachelor and master degrees in the 26th convocation of FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) at Peshawar campus here on October 1.
The bachelor degrees were awarded in three disciplines — telecom engineering, computer science and business administration. The master degrees were in computer science, business administration and mathematics. National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences Rector Dr Amir Muhammad was the chief guest.
Besides parents of graduating students, faculty members and prominent academicians, FAST Secretary General Rana Ghulam Shabbir, Member Board of Governors Justice (R) Mian Muhammad Ajmal and the Dean Dr M Ayub Alvi were also present on the occasion.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded to the position holders. Fazl Naeem received gold medal in MBA. In BS telecommunication, Abdul Ali with 3.86 CGPA, Waleed Bin Qasim with 3.83 and Abasin Ulasyar with 3.79 CGPA got gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively.
In computer science discipline, Fahad Nasrullah, Qamaruddin and Tayyab Khalid received gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. Ahmad Danyal and Sayed Maroof grabbed gold and silver medals, respectively, in bachelor of Business Administration.
FAST-NU Peshawar Campus Director Dr Sahibzada Ghiasul Haq, in his welcome address, spoke about the progress of the institute and appreciated the efforts made by its management and staff. He mentioned the launch of new graduate and postgraduate programmes including MS mathematics leading to PhD, MS electrical engineering, MS computers leading to PhD and MBA. He said the Peshawar campus, in a short span of time, achieved great success, which was possible only due to hard work of administrative staff, the faculty, students, and the guidance of the rector of the university.
Rector Dr Amir Muhammad congratulated the graduates and their parents. He said the university had been producing high quality graduates by maintaining the high standard of academic excellence. He advised the graduates to be sincere to the country and play their role in the progress and development of their motherland. He said most of the graduates of FAST-NUCES are pursuing higher studies abroad and enjoying good careers. He said the Peshawar campus of the university was the youngest campus but it has made enormous progress in just one decade.
Dr Amir said Pakistan is a developing country and faced with number of problems including poverty, unemployment, security issues, etc. However, he added, the country has rich human and natural resources and if used properly it could achieve the cherished objective of progress.
“The country can be made outstanding only by outstanding human resource. I do hope the graduates of today will play their role by showing strength of character and ability to work hard,” he said, adding that the university also provides financial assistance to poor students and last year it spent Rs50 million in providing assistance to the needy students.