KARACHI: To commemorate the academic accomplishments of students, the 29th convocation of the Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC), a constituent college of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), was held on November 29 at Karachi Bahria Auditorium.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was the chief guest while NUST Rector Lt General (retd) Naweed Zaman and Karachi Commander Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar graced the occasion and conferred degrees to the graduating students.
In total, 342 graduates were awarded degrees including 6 PhDs, 37 masters, and 299 received bachelor degrees in the disciplines of Engineering and Management Information Systems. To acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in various disciplines, the chief guest awarded 26 medals to the position holders which included 10 president gold medals, 3 chief of naval staff gold medals, 7 chancellors silver medals and 6 rector gold medals.
While speaking to the students at the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi congratulated the students and their parents on their success and stated that the award of degree was the first step towards lifelong learning. He further stated that the defence sector in general and navies, in particular, were becoming increasingly technology intensive.
“Pakistan Navy is keeping pace with the new dictates by undertaking development projects for enhancing the operational capabilities of naval platforms and equipment. Particular emphasis is being accorded to indigenous development where the future engineers have the foremost role to play,” he said.
The naval chief appreciated the role of Pakistan Navy and NUST for contributing towards promoting education in the country. He also praised the participation of PNEC students in reflecting softer and progressive image of Pakistan at an international level through participation in international events, student exchange programmes, and research and development.
Earlier in his welcome address, PNEC Commandant Rear Admiral Imran Ahmad welcomed and thanked the chief of naval staff. He highlighted that PNEC has its graduates spread across the globe and in top organisations of the world.
NUST rector apprised that NUST is making all-out efforts to provide best engineering education to its students in multiple disciplines to meet country’s requirements. “Due to excellence in education achieved in a relatively short span of time, QS world university ranking has placed NUST on 437th position among 500 top world universities and it has been ranked number 1 university in HEC ranking since 2015,” he added.