The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Eng. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said, universities are playing a great role all-over the world in changing the economic destiny of the nations and inducting the world into the blessings of modern knowledge. This single factor, he added, has contributed a lot towards the comfort, and ease of modern living.
Addressing the Convocation-2017 of Hazara University at its premises on Monday, the Governor said, such institutions by their need-oriented research and close collaboration with the industry had enhanced the GDP of the developed nations, which had been unimaginable previously. The ceremony was also attended by the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, MPAsNawabzadWali Muhammad, Abdul Sattar, district nazim Sardar Sayed Ghulam, Vice Chancellors of various Universities, Vice Chancellor Hazara University Prof.Dr. Muhammad Idrees, faculty members, students and their parents.
While referring to the annual report presented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof.Dr. Muhammad Idrees, the Governor who is also the Chancellor of the public sector universities in the province said, “Pakistan has also been investing within its financial limits to expand higher education by opening new universities. The Governor urged the need of close collaboration for increased production by using their innovative research in agriculture, chemical industry, medicines, textile, food & beverages etc”. This will certainly enhance our economic condition and increase our agricultural and industrial growth, he said. While appreciating the locational advantage of the university, he added, it offers wonderful environment as a great attraction for the students and young scholars to pursue their academic and research competitiveness. “The peaceful destination for the eager students has been reflected in the exponential growth of the students which is now more than 13000 students and 365 faculty”, he pointed out. He also appreciated the Hazara University for holding the national and international level conferences in its different departments which earned a great reputation across the universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Such conferences, he added, provide golden opportunities for the researchers and academicians to share their innovative new discoveries in the ongoing research all-over the world.
He also appreciated the carrying forward of PhD and MPhil programs with great success at the campus and said that the passed-out graduates of this university have now joined different positions of dignity and respect inside and outside the country, bringing a good name to their alma-mater. The Governor congratulated the passed-out graduates especially the gold medallists and wished them more successes. Earlier, the Governor gave away degrees to 300 graduating students of Ph.D, M.Phil, MA, MSc and BSc including 119 Gold Medals on the occasion.