College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) Karachi organized its 7th Annual Convocation at NED Auditorium on November 20, 2022. The Theme of the event was “Tumse hai Umeed e Sahar’. The event turned out to be a mega one for around 200 passing out students belonging to the fields of culinary, baking & hospitality management registered themselves for the event. His Excellency, Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) “Mr Khalid Rehman,” was invited as a Chief Guest along with the respectable guests of Honour Muhammad Ali Chachar – Director NAVTTC, Dr Masroor Ahmed- Chairman Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE), Mr Babar Sheikh – Director International Development COTHM & CMI, Mr Muhammad Jamil – Registrar COTHM International.

The event was attended by students, their parents and a large number of guests from Karachi’s hotel and food industry. The event began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and the national anthem of Pakistan.

Addressing the inaugural function, Engineer Sabir Ahmed (COTHM Karachi Executive Director) said “In the thirst for knowledge, there is no greater resource available to us than the diverse global workforce. You must be open to new ideas, new possibilities and new perspectives. The spirit of pluralism prepares us to innovate. Carry that spirit with you, and I am confident that you will make an extraordinary difference in our world. As alumni keep in touch with us. We hope to see you soon and often on this campus again”.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Masroor Ahmed Chairman Sindh Board of Technical Education that the economy of Pakistan and the world is going through difficult times. The Prime Minister is looking after this industry in particular and the development of this industry is not only the development of the country but also of all of you. He congratulated all the graduates and conveyed a message of congratulations from the Prime Minister.

Addressing the students Babar Shaikh (Director International Development COTHM Pakistan and Dubai & CMI) said that COTHM has trained thousands of young boys and girls for the hospitality industry in Pakistan and around the world over the past 20 years and has built its best education system. Due to which COTHM is the number one college in Pakistan with two campuses in Karachi which are Gulshan and North Nazimabad and fifteen campuses in Pakistan where thousands of students are studying Hospitality, Culinary Travel and Tourism and by studying our technical education system and working in this industry all over the world, they are sending valuable foreign exchange to Pakistan, He congratulated the students for completing their education in difficult conditions during corona and thanked the management and teachers of the college in Karachi for making them skilled workers for Pakistan.

Addressing the ceremony, Mr Muhammad Ali Chachar Director NAVTTC congratulated the students from the bottom of his heart and assured them that the difficulties will soon be resolved and we will once again be able to accelerate the journey of development.

Certificates and awards were then distributed among the passing students and commemorative shields were given to the distinguished guests. The ceremony ended with a prayer in which special prayers were offered for the security and development of Pakistan.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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