ISLAMABAD – With a piece of advice to keep the desire to learn alive, 296 bachelors, masters and PhD students were conferred on degrees at the 27th convocation of National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) on Wednesday.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three position holders for their excellent academic performance.

The students who were awarded medals include Muhammad Umair, Ayesha Ahmad, Hadia Mukhtar and Anam Hassan of MBA, Ramoza Ahsan of MS (Computer Science), Atif Javed, Muhammad Awais Khalid and Kashif Mehmood of BS (Telecom Engineering), Durria Anjum Ahmad, Syeda Misbah-Ul-Ain Kazmi and Sara Khan of BBA, Atifa Sarwar, Huma Arshad, Ammad Azam Tarar and Sara Jamil of BS (Computer Science).  One student, Sajid Anwar, was awarded PhD Degree in Computer Science.  

Rector of the University Dr Amir Muhammad was the chief guest. Besides university officials, the parents of the students also attended the ceremony.

Dr Waseem Ikram, Director Islamabad Campus, said established fifteen years ago the Islamabad Campus has progressed from a single undergraduate degree programme to four bachelor degree programmes. It has initiated a graduate programme that admits MS and PhD students.

Dean Ayub Alvi addressing the students said, “As graduates you are ready to take your skills, knowledge and dreams out into the world.

Tomorrow, some of you might become industry leaders, businessmen or innovators. Never forget that you belong to a privileged minority of our country.

This imposes a moral obligation on you. You owe something to the millions of your fellow countrymen who happen to be less fortunate than you. One of the passions in your life should be to serve your country.”

He advised them to be alive to their desire to learn as they were entering an environment where skills and technologies become obsolete at a fast pace. ‘You have been ingrained with the skill of questioning and encouraged to exercise your curiosity. Consider it a gift. Use it constantly and it will serve you well’.

Rector Dr Amir Muhammed was of the view that the university is sensitive to its role that it has to play in the national scientific and economic development.

It is in fact sharing the government’s burden of imparting quality education in important disciplines.