KARACHI - Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) held its 24th convocation at Bahria Auditorium here on Friday.

Almost 202 graduates were conferred degrees in various disciplines of engineering. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila was the chief guest on the occasion.

Among the recipients of degrees, 54 officers were from Pakistan Navy, 8 from Saudi naval officers and three from Yemini naval officers. While 137 civilian students from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) were awarded ‘Bachelor’s of Engineering’ (BE) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) is a constituent college of National University of Science and Technology.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila said that the country was passing through critical times and use of professional competence and intellectual minds was mandatory for the country’s survival and sovereignty.

He said that the future engineers had great responsibility on their shoulders to steer the country on path of prosperity, while it could be possible only though hard work and implementation of scientific knowledge. The naval chief urged the graduating officers and successful civilian students for always giving priority to moral and ethical values and never compromising on principles. He pointed out that the history remembered only those people who followed the strong principles with great confidence and determination. He congratulated the successful graduates for achieving a landmark in their educational career and especially those who showed exceptional performance. The Naval chief highly cherished the dedication of PNEC for its objective and strives to make the institution a centre of excellence in the field of engineering.

He said that it was a matter of pride for Pakistan navy that PNEC was carrying out research in very important areas like Renewable Energy, Thermal Power, Industrial Manufacturing, and Secure Communication.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant PNEC Rear Admiral Imdad Jafri highlighted salient features of the degree programs at PNEC.

He said the PNEC was carrying out BE, MS and PhD programs in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, adding that, as many as 27 students were carrying out PhD level research at the college.

He said that the college was also conducting BS (MIS) through hybrid distance learning which had recently earned the highest category of accreditation from National Computing Education Accreditation Council.

NUST Rector Lieutenant General Muhammad Asghar, senior naval officers and parents of the passing out graduates also attended the ceremony.