The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore held its 24th convocation on Thursday, November 16, at the university’s main auditorium, awarding degrees to over 2,200 students of various batches.
The awardees included some undergraduate students of session 2013, session 2012 of Architecture besides students of MSc, Masters, MS, M Phil and PhD who completed their degree requirements in the past year. Besides the jubilant students, an honorary doctorate degree was always awarded to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who is a 1981 mechanical engineering graduate of UET, in acknowledgement of his services to the nation as well as the university. UET Pro-Chancellor and Provincial Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani was also present at the ceremony.
In total, the convocation saw the award of 22 PhD degrees, 557 MPhil and MSc degrees and 1,654 bachelor’s degrees.
In his address, the interior minister thanked the university administration for conferring the doctorate degree upon him and congratulated the graduating students. He said he admired the role of the UET in developing Pakistan over the last several decades by producing exemplary professionals in the field of engineering. Iqbal said the youth’s talent must be developed optimally, as it was the key to ensuring successful careers. He said the government had initiated several projects for the youth. “The government has launched Prime Minister’s Internship Programme for 20,000 engineers in collaboration with Pakistan Engineering Council,” he said. The minister added that Pakistan faced numerous challenges, but they could be tackled with collective wisdom and long-term strategies. Iqbal said his involvement in student politics at UET had aided him immensely throughout his life and the collective experience of learning and leadership at UET had helped him become what he was.
Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raza Gillani said graduates should develop additional skills and expertise to contribute to the nation’s development and play their role in making China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a success. He also highlighted the need for empowering women through education and offering opportunities that brought them into the country’s mainstream.
UET Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid said the university was taking various measures for capacity building, introducing new pedagogical techniques and adding new facilities like labs and research centres to enhance the learning of its students and make them globally competitive. He also mentioned various MoUs UET had signed with academic and industrial institutions at the national and international levels that would help students with enhanced exposure and learning.