Military College of Signals, one of the founding constituent colleges of NUST held its 21st Undergraduate Convocation on Nov 17. The ceremony was attended by a large number of guests including parents and families of the graduating students. Rector NUST, Engineer Muhammad Asghar, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Among others present at the ceremony were Brg. Ali Farhan, Commandant Military College of Signals, faculty members, educationists and a large number of guests and students. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of the faculty and management of MCS for holding such an auspicious event of the next generation of talented engineers of Pakistan. The Chief Guest stressed upon the urgent need to produce trained scientists and technologists. He also emphasized that the challenge is to transform our tertiary educational institutions into centers of excellence, with high standards of teaching and a culture of sustained learning. He also added that developing countries like Pakistan should base their industrialization strategies on their priority development needs, beginning with low-level, appropriate technology best suited to the needs of their people. This aim cannot be achieved without the critical mass of well trained and qualified men and women possessing the right skills and knowledge. He acknowledged that NUST is producing highly skilled and motivated young specialists to meet scientific and industrial challenges of today’s progressive Pakistan.
Addressing the graduates, Rector NUST, Engineer Muhammad Asghar said that today is a special and very exciting day as they are now stepping into the vast world of science and technology, where curiosity coupled with ingenuity is going to push them to the frontiers of knowledge. Their profession is synonymous with creativity, which makes them distinct from all other professions. After graduation, engineers become an international commodity because their activities will not be confined to only one place but extended to all those corners where human beings exist.
He encouraged them to live with this pride and deep rooted aspiration, that they have to excel and cope with the fast changing world, readily introducing themselves to the new technologies and other scientific advancements. He further added that our real challenge as a nation is to remain focused in the right direction while tapping the limited resources available, in pursuit of a promising future.
Commandant MCS, Brigadier Ali Farhan, in his welcome address, presented the college report, highlighting the progress in academic and research excellence the College has achieved over the last 6 decades. Elaborating on the continuous efforts and accomplishments of MCS’ graduates and the faculty and their commitment to the development of indigenous technology for national interest, he said, “We at MCS are diligently improving research facilities and capabilities to ensure that meaningful and purposeful research oriented programs are mounted that in turn lead to solving the nagging economic, social, technical and financial problems confronting our nation.”
A total of 200 students of Telecom and Software Engineering programs were conferred degrees of Bachelor of Engineering. President’s Gold Medals were awarded to NUST Cadet Sidra Javed TE-45 and NUST Cadet Rabia Sultan Abbasi BECS-14. Chief of Army Staff’s Gold Medals were received by Capt Ali Anjum TE-45 & Gentleman Cadet Saad Bin Shafaqat BECS-14. Rector’s Gold Medals were awarded to Capt Ali Anjum TE-45 & NUST Cadet Sahrish Naeem BECS-14 for their outstanding performances in their respective degree projects.