MIRPUR, July 2: Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) held its sixth annual convocation on Friday in which 2100 students were given graduation degrees. Forty students won gold medals for their outstanding performance in various disciplines and five students were conferred PhD degrees.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Chancellor of the University, Sardar Masood Khan was the chief guest of the event held at an open space outside the main campus of the university while a large number of university graduates, their parents, faculty members and residents of the city attended the event.
Addressing the prestigious convocation ceremony, President Sardar Masood Khan congratulated the students on their brilliant success and lauded the faculty and administration of the University for producing graduates of international standard.
He said that the convocation in the academic life of the students is the time of fulfillment of their dreams as it is the moment when the fruits of their hard work and diligence are handed over to them in the form of degree.
Congratulating the parents on the wonderful achievement of the students, he said that it was the vision of the parents, their dedication to education and the spirit of sacrifice that led their children to this destination of success. "Parents' sacrifices for their children are invaluable and no one can take the place of them," he said.
"Likewise, your teachers also deserve appreciations for giving you the candle in the form of knowledge that will give you light and guidance to find your destination in the future," he said.
The President said that we are proud of MUST for producing graduates year after year and sending them out to contribute for the good of the society.
Describing MUST primarily as science and technology institutions, the president said that it was not a time to be complacent but to focus on improving our standards. If we can't compete with other people at home and abroad, we should at least be at par with them.
"In today's world, no one can live alone as we are all global citizens in one way or the other, and our young people should have the ability to compete when they go to study or work in universities and institutions in any part of the world," he added.
The President urged the students to equip themselves with new and modern sciences by making excellence and maintaining the standard. "Today is certainly a milestone in the fulfillment of your dreams, but it is not your destination," he said.
He said that nations that compete and excel are now considered advanced and they are defined by quantum of knowledge being produced.
The State President also congratulated the new Vice-Chancellor of Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younis Javed on assuming new responsibilities and expressed the hope that under his dynamic leadership the University would cross new milestones of development and quality.
Earlier, the President inaugurated the new academic block of Mirpur University of Science and Technology and the newly constructed buildings of the Department of Civil Engineering where he was briefed about the cost incurred on these buildings, facilities, and quality of construction work.