While addressing the 30th Annual Convocation of the NED University of Engineering and Technology held on Saturday, the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Maraali Shah said that 25 public universities have been established in Sindh after passing the Universities Act from the provincial assembly.

This was one of the best steps taken by the Sindh government to improve the quality of education. For the last 100-years, NED University has been imparting professional education. It has made a lot of progress that to be continued in the future.

Recalling his student life, the CM said that after studying at NED University, he went abroad to study in the world’s best institute. However, I opted for politics and succeeded in acquiring the highest positions. “In 2002, I was elected as MPA, and today I am the Chief Minister of Sindh”.

Encouraging the passing out students, the CM said now it becomes the responsibility of the graduates to play a positive role in earning a good name for their alma mater. In the US, Degree Awarding Ceremony is called commencement because the graduates enter into a new phase.

He advised the students to use knowledge and wisdom for the country’s development while honesty and hard work will make you successful in your professional field.

On the occasion, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said the country’s development depends on the talent of graduates. “We have talented students while universities are the centers of higher education and research which are directly linked with the national economy”.

In his speech, the Governor said the NED University graduates are serving on important positions not only in Pakistan but also in other countries including North America, Europe and Australia. They are proudly representing Pakistan in those countries. It is a matter of pride for every Pakistani that the number of PhD faculty at NED University has increased and a majority of the teachers have also served in reputed international universities.

The Governor said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is committed to providing loans up to Rs2.5 million under its Successful Youth Program. In the coming days, a help desk would be set up at NED University for the convenience of students.

Addressing the students, Imran Ismail said; “the country has high expectations from you and I want you to use your talents and contribute to the development of the country”.

On the occasion, NED University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi said that NED University is the first engineering institute that has been preparing talented engineers for one hundred years.

Later on, the VC conferred on 18 doctorate degrees. The number of passing out graduates in 2020 was 2079 while 729 students have completed their postgraduate programs. Around fifteen hundred students received degrees in the convocation.

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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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