Skilled, educated work force play key role in socio-economic uplift: Governor

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah while stressing the importance of skilled and educated work force towards ensuring over all socio-economic uplift of the nation has said that we all are earnestly wish to witness the institutions of higher learning play a significant role in further building up of the assets which exist both in shape of natural resources and the man made wealth. 

Addressing the 8th Convocation of the Kohat University of Science and Technology at its premises in Kohat on Saturday, the Governor who is also Chancellor of the institution further observed that “We as a nation are faced with many problems both from social and economic point of views and there is no denying the fact that we have made achievements on many counts too”. However, he added, the fact remains that we have to achieve many mile stones to acquire the status of a developed nation. Indeed, he remarked, realization of the aim to become visible part of knowledge based economy is a must to be able to compete at international forums in any field of life.

In all 668 graduates who got Bachelor, Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Bio Technology, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Zoology, Botany, Computer Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Business Administration, Economics, Journalism & Mass Communication, Social Work sciences and English, 34 were honoured with gold medals for achieving distinctive positions in their respective disciplines. Deputy Speaker, provincial assembly, Mr. Imtiaz Shahid, members of parliament from Kohat, Commissioner, Kohat Division, Syed Jamal ud Din Shah, renowned educationists and elite of the city also attended the ceremony besides the parents of the graduates while the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak welcomed the Governor and highlighted achievements of the institution.

Congratulating the graduates, the Governor said, they are the hope of the nation to have a better future for the coming generations and the country and especially those garlanded with gold medals have really made all of us proud. He also felicitated both the parents and the faculty members on getting their dreams realized. Referring to the welcome address presented by Prof. Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak, the Governor pointed out that the university, being situated at the nexus between the tribal belt and the settled districts indeed offers extra advantages to contribute significantly for converting the raw materials into productive treasures.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor welcoming the Governor highlighted the achievements of the institution and said that the graduates of the institution will never disappoint both their parents and the nation and one can find one of the best outcomes of the investments which is made in getting the young minds graduated in various disciplines from the institution. “We have ensured the best use of the hard earned resources which the parents have been contributing and the facilities which the university has been offering”, he said. Earlier, the Governor gave away degrees and awards to the graduates. Amongst the gold medalists were; Sohail Ahmed, Muhammad Irfan, Nusrat Fatima, Khatib Ullah, Anum Tabassum, Humaira Mazhar, Mudasser Sana, Umeed Amin, Izhar Hussain, Umar Farooq, Reema Ara, Sami Ullah, Sana Ullah, Safia, Rehana Yasmeen, Lubna, Khattak, Iqrar Hussain, Ibrahim, Naveed Ullah, Naima, Kniza Wafa, Nida Riaz, Dalil Ahmed Khan, Sahar, Aneela Kausar, Muhammad Jan, Mehar Angiz, Fozia Salam, Niaz Wali Khan, Wasil Niaz, Sahir Nawaz, Maseera Azam, Muhammad Ashfaq and Murtaza Hussain.

Source: The Frontier Post.