9th Convocation of Karakoram International University held at main campus Gilgit. Chancellor of KIU and President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan H.E. Dr. Arif Alvi presided over the Convocation. The Chancellor of KIU awarded Gold medals to 66 distinguished students and 710 degrees to the graduatesof BS, MSc, MA, MS and PhD. The graduates successfully completed their studies in the fields of Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities. The graduates of KIU Skardu Campus were also awarded medallions and conferred with degrees, the Skardu campus is now become a full fledge University (University of Baltistan).Besides, the Governor Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon and Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman awarded silver medals to 49 students for their high standing performances. Along the dignitaries, Vice Chancellor KIU Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Civil and Military officers, Educationist, parents, students and media personals were present on the occasion.
In his welcome address Vice Chancellor KIU Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah emphasized that Karakoram International University is now ranked among top universities of Pakistan due to its highly qualified teachers and quality of education.He said that 80 percent of KIU teachers have Phds degree holders from leading national and international universities. He further highlighted that in a brief history of KIU, more than twelve thousands graduates of KIU are rendering their serves in the various professional capacities inside and outside Pakistan.
The VC KIU informed the august gathering about recent tangible initiatives at KIU, which includes the Faculty of Engineering to tap the natural resources of Gilgit-Baltistan. The Engineering Faculty that is designed on a mix of modern and traditional architectural styles, shows KIU’s commitment to bridge traditional wisdom with modern knowledge orientations. Some additional important initiatives include Tourism and Hospitality Management program at Hunza Campus, Financial Aid Office, Centre for Career Development, Centre for Faculty Development, Chinese Language and Chinese Language Certification System through establishing Confucius Institute and other technical skilled certificate courses on continuing education at Institute of Professional Development, degree program in Urdu and successful weekend Graduate Programs to promote research based higher education, establishing Karakoram Institute of Gilgit-Baltistan Studies is to protect the rich cultural diversity and traditional knowledge wisdom of this region, Centre for Research on CPEC to understand the emerging economic opportunities for our young graduates and harness benefits for entire region, and establishment of Internationalization office to make this university as an International university in true spirit. The VC KIU vehemently advocated the notion that all these initiatives at KIU, which are carefully designed with the relevance and applicability to this region. In the end he congratulated the graduating students and their parents.
The Chancellor of KIU and the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi congratulated the graduates and, with that, reminded them of the greater role that a graduate caries on his / her shoulders.
On the Occasion he said that “I extend my best 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” Chancellor KIU added.
He single out the young men and women who graduated that “they had been fortunate to be part of an institution with such commitment to excellence.” Dr. Alvi informed the audience about historical episodes where knowledge transitions from its abstract form to print and now knowledge and information is stored in clouds. He appreciated KIU’s plans to integrate emerging technologies like GIS, remote sensing and artificial intelligence in future academic planning. And in this regard, the office of President has taken tangible steps to support initiatives on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.
Talking about the Gilgit-Baltistan, Dr. Arif Alvi said he had visited many countries but the grandeur of this region and its landscape is of unmatched. The president said he is become the true ambassador of this region and feels proud to inform every foreign dignitary about the beauty of this region. He alerted the audience and graduates that it is sheer responsibility of everyone to respect and value the bounties of God and follow the sustained form of development to protect our built environ.
Flag Bearer of the Convocation was Dr. Abdul Hameed Lone Registrar KIU, who led the academic procession. Mr. Zamin Ali Shigri recited some verses from holy Quran, while Mr. Minhajud din graduate of Department of Modern Languages represented graduates in his valedictory speech.