Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology (GIKI) Topi Swabi held its 26th convocation. President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest on the occasion while Rector GIKI Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, faculty members, students and parents were also present on occasion. The president awarded degrees to 10 Ph.D. scholars and gold medals to 14 position-holder students.
Addressing the 26th convocation ceremony of GIKI, Dr Arif Alvi said besides Islam, our rich culture, history and society had laid great emphasis on education and character building of students and asked educational institutions to focus in this direction to make the country economically strong and prosperous.
Eulogizing the educational services of GIK Institute of Science and Technology Topi Swat, he said the parents should also deserve appreciation for enabling their children to read in the country’s top educational institute.
He said those parents, who visited abroad for employment had a great desire to concentrate on character building and personality development of their children, adding additional responsibilities laid on the guardians and teachers to focus on character development of all students whose parents were working overseas.
The president said he was a chancellor of about 40 to 42 universities having a close contact with the senate and executive board of GIK Institute and found that this premier educational institution was going in the right direction.
Dr Arif Alvi, while addressing the GIKI convocation, said there was a lot of scope for IT, agriculture, science and technology and others disciplines and urged students to work with dedication and passion by using their knowledge for service of humanity and development of Pakistan.
He said the conventional education system, i.e. memorizing lessons was replaced mostly by computers. He said education was a continuous learning and thinking process, adding “we can achieve laurels by making investment on human resource development.”
Rector GIKI, Professor Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid welcomed the president at 26th convocation. He highlighted the institute’s achievements and various development initiatives besides future projects.