PR No. 275 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that landmark initiatives of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and One Belt, One Road will not only change the face of the world but will also bring in massive changes at political, economic and cultural levels and will also benefit the entire region.

President Mamnoon Hussain said this while addressing the 21stConvocation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here in Topi, KPK on Thursday. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Rector GIK, Jehangir Bashar, senior officials and parents of the graduating students were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that CPEC is a blessing from Allah Almighty which has placed great responsibility on our shoulders to make concerted efforts for successful completion of this grand project. The President urged the youth to prepare themselves to gain maximum benefit from CPEC and expressed confidence that they will discharge this great responsibility with determination, resolution and strong will.

The President said that those nations achieve progress and prosperity which excel in education and modern sciences.  He stated that present era is an age of science and information technology and asked the youth to gain expertise in these fields for progress and prosperity of the country. The President said that Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute is a distinguished institution of the country which was imparting education and research in science and technology noting that within a short period of time it has not only strengthened its separate identity but has also set an enviable standard in education of modern sciences. The President emphasized that the services of this institute will be of great significance in view of the changes which are going to occur in the world of technology in coming years.

President Mamnoon Hussain stressed that if we desire to see Pakistan playing a role in the world in future then it is the foremost responsibility of the youth to acquire expertise in modern sciences. The President said that European Industrial Revolution led to widen the chasm between the developed and underdeveloped world but a new world is emerging after the introduction of information technology. He highlighted that Muslim scientists and social experts, on the basis of their hard work and God given intellect, laid that foundation upon which today’s academic world stands. He noted that though social and political revolutions of the last few centuries and economic realities have weakened this educational tradition but in today’s world the humanity cannot be deprived of the benefits and fruits of sciences by limiting them. In this background, it is the responsibility of determined youth of Pakistan to prepare themselves for exploration of new worlds of knowledge stressed the President.

The President congratulated the graduating students on completing their education and training and hoped that upon entering practical life they will come up to the expectations of their parents and the country. The President expressed confidence that through hard work and commitment they will be able to transform the dreams of our founding fathers and elders into reality. The President also gave away gold medals, certificates and degrees to position holders.