KARACHI - Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), in its 15th convocation, awarded 1,000 degrees to the graduates of batch 2008 in the engineering disciplines of Electronics, Computer, Civil, Bio-Medical, Telecommunication and Computer Science.

The 15th convocation was held at Karachi Expo Centre. On the occasion, SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami conferred medals to Saniah Rehan for securing first position in Computer Engineering, Muhammad Tariq Saleem in Electronic Engineering, Obaid Shakeel in Telecommunication Engineering, Farrukh in Biomedical Engineering, Husam Bin Arshad in Civil Engineering and Minhaj Anwaar in Computer Science.

Recipients of Silver Medal for securing second position included Sana Waseem (Computer Engineering), Noman Akhtar (Electronic Engineering), Bilal Saeed (Telecommunication Engineering), Amna Ghani (Biomedical Engineering), Zia Ali (Civil Engineering) and Muhammad Arabi Tayyab (Computer Science). The third position holders winning bronze medal included Anam Ashraf (Computer Engineering), Muhammad Muzaffaruddin (Electronic Engineering), Muhammad Kashan Shahbaz (Telecommunication Engineering), Samia Kaleem (Biomedical Engineering), Muhammad Rafique (Civil Engineering) and Rabia Rasheed (Computer Science).

Nizami said the SSUET had been playing a major role during the last two decades in equipping the youth with technical education. SSUET graduates are serving in various countries with placement on highly important positions and making new breakthroughs not only in Pakistan but also in Europe, America and other countries.

“It is our strong conviction that good engineers and technologists can combat the forces that are responsible for weak economic conditions of the country and financial constraints. They can find ways and means to transform poverty into prosperity,” he observed

He asked new graduates to come forward to accept the challenges, which the country is confronting like dwindling down energy and water resources, dependence on foreign reliance and primitive systems and machinery in industry, which are the menace plaguing the country. He emphasised the need for effectively exploiting the country’s latent natural resources like huge deposits of coal at Thar as well as copper and other valuable minerals in other parts of the country so as to extract the country from economic turbulence and attain self-autarky.

Presenting the annual report, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Nazir Ahmed highlighted the successful journey of Sir Syed University from its inception in 1994 to its present glorious stage. He informed that SSUET’s annual budget soared from Rs17.22 million in 1994 to a record Rs712.3 million in 2012. He said the university provided Rs370 million worth equipment for labs in all the departments and spent Rs195 million on new buildings and structures.

He stated that besides financial assistance of Rs10 million and Rs40 million worth scholarships to deserving and talented students during 2011-2012, the university had also provided Rs7.7 million to needy students and Rs2.3 million to deserving employees. He pointed out that the varsity, which started with merely 200 students in 1994, today has over 5,600 students on roll and gave around 9,820 graduate engineers to the nation since 1998, when its first convocation was held.

At present the university is dispensing 6 Bachelor’s Degree, 6 Master’s and two PhD programmes. Its faculty has 22 PhDs teaching in various departments while as many as 15 faculty members are pursuing PhD degrees from this university and as many number had gone abroad for higher studies, he added.

Dr Nazir informed that the university supports its Alumni in their Career Planning and Placement. Out of about 8,660 graduates till 2011, 77 percent had been employed in better jobs while remaining proceeded for higher studies or started their own businesses.