KARACHI – The NED Engineering University of Technology has conferred degrees to its 1,418 students during the university’s 21st convocation held at the main campus here on Thursday. 

Two faculty members have also been awarded with PhD degrees while the convocation will most likely be the last for Vice Chancellor of NED, Engineer Abul Kalam.

The search committee has sent four names to the Chancellor of the university, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan to select new chief for the country’s largest engineering university.   

Speaking on the occasion, the outgoing VC Abul Kalam said that the NED University had limited its PhD programme only for its teaching faculty members so that a qualified faculty could be emerged. In 1997, there were only 15 teaching staff, who have PhD at the University, but now the figure has risen to 93, he said.

At least 1,702 bachelor students from 17 four-year and three five-year degree programme earned their degrees, however, 1,289 of them decided to collect it during the convocation. Moreover, 307 students earned their master’s level degrees from 15 postgraduate programme but only 127 preferred to collect it in the marquee of the convocation.

As many as 20 students of different departments, who made great performance, received gold medals, while second and third position holders respectively collected ‘certificate of merit’ from the chief guest, the provincial minister of Finance, Syed Murad Ali Shah. Hafiz Muhammad Zohaib Kabir of Civil Engineering Department, Batch 2008-09, bagged three gold medals, including two sponsored gold medals and Rs5, 000 cash, for securing overall first position in the department.

He advised the passed-out students that they should show great potential and should not loss their hearts despite whatever situation they faced in their lives.