ISLAMABAD - Around 700 graduating students of School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, NUST, received degrees in the disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Information and Communication Systems Engineering and Information Technology at the 6th Undergraduate Convocation of the School. Held at the main campus of the university here on Friday, the ceremony was attended by the parents of the graduating students, faculty, distinguished guests from academia, government departments and corporate sector. Engr. Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Professor Emeritus, Co-Chair NUST Corporate Advisory Council, Osman Khan, Country Manager, EMC Information Systems Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi and Rector NUST, Engineer Muhammad Asghar, graced the convocation. On the occasion, President and Rector awarded gold medals to outstanding graduates on the basis of academics and projects.Tehniat Fatima, Haris Aftab and Muhammad Wajeeh from BIT-10 won President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively. From BICSE-6, Erum Mushtaq, Sikandar Ali Khan and Munawar Masood Khan claimed the President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal, respectively. Muhammad Junaid Farooq, Jawad Ahmed and Umair Aftab from BEE-1 got President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively.Muhammad Nawaz, Asim Mushtaq and Syeda Zahra Hassan from BIT-11 won President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively. IntikhabHussain, JunaidZulfiqar and Maryam Rehman from BICSE-7 received the President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively. At the occasion, Dr Awais Shibli was awarded with the best researcher award and Dr Osman Hassan was awarded with best teacher award for their outstanding performance and contribution in research and teaching, respectively, in year 2013.In his address, Rector NUST, Engineer Muhammad Asghar, said, "The prefix 6th very clearly indicates that this school is still relatively young, beaming with the pride and feat of having attained a prominent stature in less than a decade and a half. It is highly inspiring to look at its amazing progress from a tiny IT wing of NUST in 1999 to its evolution into an icon of excellence in engineering education in Pakistan. SEECS today is a grand success story, with few parallels in the academic history of Pakistan." Dr. Arshad Ali in his speech highlighted the growth and accomplishments of SEECS over the years and the sound foundation laid for vibrant research culture by the School's highly talented and committed faculty. He advised the graduating students, that whatever they do in their life, they should do it with deep passion, devotion and perseverance."Your real challenge is to remain focused in the right direction while tapping the limited resources available, in pursuit of a promising future," he added.In their keynote addresses, the chief guests, Engr. Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Prof. Emeritus, Co-Chair NUST Corporate Advisory Council, and Osman Khan, Country Manager, EMC Information Systems Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi, complimented NUST on its progressive vision and hard work to promote research and innovation in the country. While felicitating the students on their well-deserved achievements, they said that their education had equipped them with requisite knowledge and skills. It was now up to them to make the best use of the acquired learning not only for themselves but also to repay the debt of service that we all owe to our society and the nation at large. Only those who take the initiative and build their strength on knowledge are able to keep pace with time and are destined to lead others.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 25-Jan-2014 here.