KARACHI, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Science, Technology and Defence Production Rana Tanveer on Thursday that the government was focusing on the development of technology and promotion of research culture in the country.
While Speaking as Chief Guest at the 28th Convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) in Karachi, the minister lauded PNEC for continuously producing quality engineers for the country as well as navies of 14 brotherly countries.
The minister congratulated the graduating students for having successfully completed their professional studies. He said efforts of naval educational institutes in grooming their students academically, professionally, morally, intellectually and physically were laudable.
Rana Tanveer also commended the role of NUST (National University of Science and Technology) in promoting engineering education which, he said, was successfully achieving it mission of becoming a research-led university with a focus on technology, innovation and community service.
Earlier on his arrival at the college, the minister was received by Rector NUST Lt General (retd) Naveed Zaman and Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad.
As many as 361 graduates were awarded degrees at the convocation out of which 80 received Masters Degrees whereas 281 received degrees in the discipline of Bachelors of Engineering and Management Information Systems.
To acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in their respective disciplines, 39 medals were also awarded to the position holders, including 20 President Gold Medals, six Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medals, seven Chancellors’ Silver Medals and six Rector Gold Medals.
Earlier in his welcome address, PNEC Commandant Rear Admiral Dr Nassar Ikram apprised the audience that 33 PNEC graduates, who had been selected for employment and sent to China for professional development and training.
He highlighted with honour that QS World University ranking had placed NUST in top 100 world universities. NUST had been ranked number one university in HEC standing of 2015 and was also among the top 20 universities in Asia according to BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ranking, he added.
A large number of parents of graduating students and naval officers attended the ceremony.