islamabad - Education plays a vital role in economic development of country as it produces skilled manpower capable of leading the nation to progress, said renowned scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on Wednesday.

He said this during the convocation of Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) where 858 graduates were awarded degrees .  Dr. A.Q Khan said that education raises the productivity and efficiency of individuals and thus produces skilled manpower capable of leading the country towards the path of sustainable economic development.

The CUST University awarded over 858 graduates including BBA, MBA, BS, MS and PhD in the fields of Management Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Computer Science and Bioinformatics were awarded degrees

Chief Guest of the ceremony Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Engr. Javed Salim Qureshi said that in the present day scenario, education does not end with acquiring a degree; it is a lifelong affair of exploring new horizons, broadening of vision, and marching on a never-ending journey of gaining knowledge. The role of higher education becomes more prominent and wide ranging. In the present times, we do not only need just the conventional types of education.

It guarantees sustainable progress and assures a place of respect to both individuals and nations. He further, said, private educational institutions, especially at tertiary level, has steadily grown over the years and the CUST , and is one of those.

Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. M. Mansoor Ahmed, congratulated the graduates and highlighted the contribution made by the University in the field of higher education. He hoped that the graduates will contribute towards scientific and technological development of the country.

He informed that the University has earned a prominent position amongst its competitors by putting high emphasis on R&D activity and its graduate programs.

22 PhD graduates received their PhD degrees; including Ahmad Fraz, Aijaz Mustafa Hashmi, Iffat Rasool, Iram Naz, Jamshed Khan,  Nousheen Zafar,  Sadia Shaheen,  Shabbar Hussain, Shazia Faiz, Summaya Fatima Chughtai, Syed Tahir Husain Rizvi and Syeda Faiza Urooj Banoori  in the field of Management Science, Ahmed Yar, Ghulam Murtaza, Imran Khan, Muhammad Yaqoob Wani, Muhammad Riaz and Syed Ussama Ali Shah in the field of Electrical Engineering, Munir Ahmad, Sami Ullah Khan and Shafiq Ur Rehman in Computing while Aqila Shaheen in the field of Mathematics.

The Chief Guest also awarded 47 medals which include 30 Gold, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze medals, to the graduates who stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective degree programs. The ‘Jinnah Gold Medal’ was also awarded to an overall best graduate of the Convocation Umar Shahzad, on his overall distinguished performance in curricular and extracurricular activities.