Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said education is the most vital investment for the future human development and the progress of the society. He underlined the importance of quality of education and said that it is essential for producing work force able to contribute to the socio economic development of the country.
He stated that only the growth of the universities in the country would be quite meaningless without focusing on the research, publication and development. He said it is imperative to give education the highest national priority as this is essential for national cohesion and prosperity.
He stressed the need for development in science and qualitative research for putting the country and the nation on the road to prosperity.
Addressing as the chief guest at the 63rd Convocation of the University of Peshawar; on Wednesday, the Governor further observed that this is also the best way to make them better citizens and ensure better future for the coming generations. Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Rasul Jan also highlighted salient features of the achievements as well as performance of the university.
The Governor said that we can achieve the objective of education only if it is supplemented by character building of our younger generations. They must have a clear sense of our history, our cultural values and religious principles, he added.
While felicitating the all graduating students, the governor also wished them a successful future. He added that the students’ achievement showed their gratitude and abiding respect towards their institution.
On this occasion, the Governor announced rupees one hundred thousand each for two special students as a token of appreciation for completing masters’ degrees with distinction. He also announced free admission for them in their research degree programmes ahead. The students included Mr. Owais Alam, who did Masters in Political Science and Ms. Sakina Afridi who did her Masters in Urdu.
Governor said it is really consoling and heartening to know that the HEC ranking of the University of Peshawar this year has improved. He hoped that this graph further moves upwards and the University of Peshawar becomes second to none in the years ahead.
The Chancellor appreciated the university authorities for high improvement and delivering quality education. He also encouraged the students to work hard in practical life and achieve the high goals.
The chancellor advised that education aim is not only to do a job is get money but it aim to build a successful nation and get name for their country. “Job seekers cannot achieve high status as they only seek job not think for the betterment of people and country”, he said.
Governor conferred 494 degrees on the occasion of 93rd convocation-2015 for the session of 2013 held on Wednesday. Thirty Five outstanding performers were given gold medals for standing first in their respective departments, comprising 19 females and 16 males.
Besides 26 Ph. D and seven M. Phil scholars were also awarded the highest research degrees. Out of the 494 students 282 were females while 212 were males. Degrees were given to students of six faculties and 49 departments.
The UoP Vice Chancellor Prof Rasul Jan while presenting the annual performance report said that the unique spectrum of University was to impart nursery to Ph. D education. He added that more than 23,000 students were studying in the six different faculties comprising of about 49 departments, institutes, centres, colleges and schools.
VC shared that in last three years university has recorded progress both in academic and financial management. He said that in 2014-15 university has produced 163 PhD and have received 9 mega projects. He said that in last two nine of UoP teachers have awarded Tamgah-e-Imtiaz for their better performance.
Vice Chancellors of public sectors universities of KP, registrar of UoP, member of syndicate and senate, deans of faculties, students and their parents and others were also present on the occasion.