Message from the chancellor
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
I wish to compliment the vice chancellor, the faculty, the staff the
students of the Karakoram international University, Gilgit-Baltistan
on the eve of commencement of its new academic session. The start of
new academic session is an important day in the life of any institution
of learning. It is a day joint declaration both the teacher and the
taught that together they strive to achieve greater and the greater
heights and bring glory both to their institution, the community and
The Karakoram international University is a new seat of higher education.
Iike all new enterprises it too must be facing daunting challenges of
growth and consolidation. I am confident that together the administration,
the faculty and students of KIU will rise to the occasion in meeting
the challenges and make this institution a great centre of excellence
in the years to come.
The worth of and academic institution lies not in how impressive its
buildings are. It lies in how committed and dedicated its faculty and
students are. I would therefore urge everyone associated with this university
to strive to produce quality graduates. The battle of life cannot be
won with wooden armor. Cheap and unearned degrees are no substitute
for the quality education. Our students must be provided quality education
to steer their way in life and find a respectable place in this competitive
world. I have no boubt that the KIU will earn a name in imparting quality
The KIU is strategically located to serve as a meeting ground for students
and academicians from countries of the region including Central Asian,
Afghanistan and China for intellectual exchanges. As such it has a great
potential to bring the people of the region closer together and thereby
promote peace and understanding.
As the first university in the region KIU enjoys a unique and unrivalled
status. No matter how many universities are built in the region in the
future the KIU will always be remembered as the first that was build
to spread the light of education and enlightenment. It is now for the
faculty and the students of this University to make it a truly first
class institution in all respects. I urge you to chart high your goal
and to be lifted towards it by your dreams.
It is reassuring that the KIU is an equal opportunity intuition. It
will enable to women of region to play their due role in the uplift
of the community. We cannot ignore our women from playing their role
in the development of their homes and community. The government is determined
to encourage women participate in the task of national development.
I wish you all greater success and glory in the years ahead.