PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has said that indeed energy crisis coupled with terrorism-oriented problems are the major challenges being faced by the country to overcome. He said that these problems were also posing a great threat to the soft image of the nation. 

However, he pointed out that like the smooth transition of power in the democratic system was making towards image building of the country, the education system also needed to be mobilised to join the struggle efficiently and help it carve out a respectable status among the comity of nations.

Addressing as a chief guest at the 17th Convocation of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute at Topi, District Swabi on Monday, the governor said that Pakistan had immense resources and only need honest, committed, competent and trained manpower to take up the task of national reconstruction.  “I am convinced that part of the product, we require is coming out from this institution,” he remarked.

In all 163 graduates, Engineer Adam Khan and Engineer Dr Manzoor achieved Ph.D degrees in faculty of electronics while rest did bachelor and masters in computer software, computer system, electronics, electrical, material and mechanical engineering and engineering sciences.   Engineer Iqra Ejaz achieved ‘the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal’ for the over all best performance in the session while another coveted award ‘the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Gold Medal’ went to Engineer Salman Saeed for best performance in academic pursuits.

The ceremony besides Rector Engineer Jehangir Bashar was also addressed by Engineer Shamasul Mulk, President SOPREST and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute while the Pro-Rector Dr Fazal Khalid highlighted the achievements of the institute.

The governor while reminding the scholars and graduates the present day scenario said, “We, in fact are living in a world which is in a state of perpetual flux. What the people of Pakistan expect from the universities and the higher seats of learning is not mere traditional teaching, learning and research activities, rather let the  universities engage in gathering, constructing and disseminating knowledge and finding our own solutions to the problem, we face as the nation.”  “You are the builders of the country and the nation also expects that you will act to be catalysts and leaders of the sacred mission of national construction,” he remarked.

Appreciating the achievements of GIK Institute, the governor said that great institutions were not made only of brick and mortar rather they were great for high traditions of teaching and learning and the direction they give to the youth.

“They are built by men of learning, by teachers and the students and we commend the efforts which this institute is making.  At the same, the governor further reminded the scholars that we must also be mindful of the reality that education for all in our country was still a dream to come true, since the quality of courses, text books, teacher training and class room teaching leave much to be desired and same is the case in respect of examination system which, too require serious efforts to be made.

Earlier, Dr Shamasul Mulk highlighted the importune of education in the light of Islamic teachings coupled with the present day needs. Referring to the pace with which the modern innovations are taking place, he pointed out that creation of radio and TV products took decades in attracting market’s requirements while the computer system achieved this goal within half a decade. 

However, he added that the situation at present is much different and it is now a matter of years and months not only in creating new products but also making that a market commodity.

Engineer Jehangir Bashar and Prof. Fazal Khalid while mentioning the working of the institute said that it within two decades since its creation had produced 42 Ph.D and 231 MS scholars besides more than three thousand graduates of international calibers in various systems of modern engineering education and computer systems. 

During the last one-year, they said that 250 papers had been published while 25 research projects were in progress presently which were being sponsored by various institutions of national and international repute.