KARACHI: Dawood University of Engineering and Technology’s (DEUT) first convocation was held on Sunday here at its main campus under the chair of Pro-Chancellor and Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmad Khuhro.
Belcher’s degrees in different disciplines and medals were presented to 225 students. Life achievement awards were also given away to different personalities including former Sindh minister for education and ex-pro-chancellor Pir Mazar-ul-Haq and Vice Chancellor Sindh Madrasatul Islam University Muhammad Ali Sheikh.
In his address, Khuhro said that quality education was essential for progress of the country.”I want students of this university should have recognition around the world and have a vital role in building of the country,” he added.
Recalling the educational services of late Ahmad Dawood, who had established Dawood Engineering College in 1962, he said: “We should never forget this great personality and always should remember him as a benefactor of the nation.” He also praised the role of Sindh Assembly for according university status to Dawood Engineering College.
He regretted that the university face severe financial difficulties and pledge that Sindh government would fully support it.
He congratulated the newly graduated students and their parents and also appreciated the vice chancellor and his team for good performance besides all difficulties.
Earlier, while presenting the annual report about the university, Vice Chancellor Dr Faizullah Abbasi highlighted the problems the DEUT was facing. He said that during last decades, the institute as a college passed through several critical phases but now it had started breathing again though still had tough financial difficulties.
“The University had no fund for holding this convocation, it all has been arranged by an organization under CSR budget,” he said.
He said that presently the university had financial problems and it needed government support but soon it would stand on its own feet. “I believe that a public sector university should not rely on government on regular basis, and I proudly say that DUET has potential to stand on its own feet,” he concluded.
Those who attended the convocation were SM Qureshi Head of Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology, Abdul Qadir Shah Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council, Muhammad Ali Sheik Vice Chancellor SMI University, Pir Mazar-ul-Haq, Ms Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Khursheed Ahmad Junejo, Engineer Sajjid Hussain Sayal, Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, Sardar Ahmad and Justice Nisar Ahmad Sheik.