Speaker’s bizarre-cum-funny speech at NED convocation goes viral


NED University celebrated its 27th convocation ceremony on Saturday but an unusual incident caught the attention of media.

Ashraf Habibullah, software developer and Computers and Structures CEO, was invited to speak as a motivational speaker but delivered a hilarious speech while addressing the young graduates.


The speech was made in the presence of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Governor Imran Ismail. Both were equally amused by Habibullah’s choice of words, and could not stop themselves from laughing.

Habibullah, who is an alumnus of NED University, sung several songs and recalled his student life in Karachi which surprised as well as entertained the attendees.

The 72-year-old’s antics left many people amused, however, some people criticised his ‘lack of professionalism’.

Later clarifying on the matter, he said he “wasn’t using anything to alter his mood,” rather as a motivation coach he tries to engage the audiences to get a response from them. He remarked that his speech was meant to bring smiles to the faces of fresh graduates.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, who is also the university’s chancellor, presided over the convocation. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was the guest of honour. A total number of 1,885 of candidates received their degrees of bachelors and masters whereas four Scholars were awarded PhD degrees.

While addressing on the occasion, the governor said that a university not only imparts higher education but also conducts research and development which have a direct impact on the national growth and economy. “NED, with its qualified faculty and strong administrative infrastructure, has been at the forefront of research endeavours and contributing to Pakistan’s economy,” he added.

He appreciated the role of NED in imparting education and conducting research and said that NED has responded to many national challenges in a very pro-active way like setting up of a Water Institute and the establishment of National Incubation Center. “I am confident that it will be a platform for creative work, for young graduates, industry and academia, and will play its role in introducing amazing innovative ideas,” he added.

He also extended good wishes to the students and said that they who have pursued their studies with hard work and dedication and the convocation is, no doubt, a rewarding moment for them and pride for the parents and teachers too, whose guidance and support enabled them to achieve this milestone.