Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah on Thursday urged the people to promote peace and harmony and bring an end to sectarian violence in the valley.
“Students should play their role in reviving the traditional peace, harmony and hospitality of G-B, which are now fast diminishing,” Shah said.
He was speaking at the 5th and 6th joint convocation ceremony of the Karakoram International University (KIU), where 850 students were awarded degrees.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of parents, faculty members, government officials, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Legislative Assembly Speaker Wazir Baig and G-B force commander. The governor also announced an amount of Rs500,000 for the university, which had been requested by KIU Vice-Chancellor Najma Najam.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor briefed the audience on the university’s achievements and said that the number of PhDs in the university has reached 33 from eight in just two and a half years.
In addition to that, KIU has signed a number of agreements with foreign universities to promote quality education, she added.
She explained that the convocation had been delayed due to the Attabad tragedy, followed by the floods last year.
She also said that the university has introduced several new courses while admissions into engineering programs would start in a year. In addition to that, the university will also start fine arts and law programs next year, she added.
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The 5th and 6th joint convocation of held here in the main campus of the University. Pir Karam Ali Shah, Governor Gilgit-Baltistan deigned to give away degrees to the graduates. The convocation started around 10 A.M and it looked all crimson and blue as the graduates seated in the convocation gowns.
About 800 graduates were awarded degrees upon successfully completing their under- graduate and graduate programs. The governor congratulated the graduates and, with that, reminded them of the greater role that a graduate caries on his shoulders.
‘I extend my heartfelt congratulation to all the graduates at this happy occasion and I hope you realize the profound role upon your shoulders to ignite the spirit of peace, prosperity and constructiveness. You are the one who can become the agents of change for a better future and you are the one to build your society” Karam Ali Shah said.
The governor specifically spoke about the law and order situation in Gilgit. He urged the students to play a role to end racism, sectarianism and discriminatory practices in the society.
The VC of the University, Dr. Najma Najam also congratulated the graduates. She expressed her optimism that her students, for sure, be responsible citizens and future leaders. She said that the University is striving to provide quality education to the students at their door-steps despite considerable challenges. She said that steps are being taken to expand scope of programs in order to accommodate maximum career options.
The VC told that the University is in the process of starting law, Fine Arts and Engineering departments quite soon.
The governor awarded more than 30 Gold and silver medals to the high performing graduates. The graduates finished their studies in the fields of Business Management, Linguistics, Social and Natural Sciences.
The University campus was filled with faces smiling, hopeful and confident. This scribe got a chance to speak with Muhammad Karim, a business graduate who runs his own community school, to know about his feelings.
“Man, I am delighted to be called a graduate. KIU was a great experience and I am proud to be its student. I am sure my degree would definitely help me in my practical life.” He said.
Karakorum International University is the only University in Gilgit-Baltistan established during Musharaf regime in 2002. It has two campuses with more than 2500 students and 150 faculty members. The university has 15 academic departments along with a Professional Development Center (PDC) and an Early Childhood Development Center.
Naveed Hussain and Javeid Alam have contributed to this story for Dardistantimes.