Convocation Report 2019
COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus held its 8th and 9th convocations respectively on April 01,2019. In the morning session 8th Convocation was organized, while 9th Convocation was held in the afternoon. Total 1482 students from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Sciences and The Faculty of Information Sciences and Technology after successfully completing their academic tenure finally received degrees.783 students were awarded degrees in the morning session and 699 graduates got their degrees in the evening session.34 students with distinctions were also awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.
Rector COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus, Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar, T.I, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. While addressing the graduating students the Rector advised students to work harder, more creatively, and more collaboratively to fulfill the gigantic task of nation building. He stressed that we have been living in an era where we have to lead together and our mission must be to advance human health, inspire innovation and enhance the quality of life.
He also thanked the guests and congratulated the graduating students and their parents on one of the most prized moments of their lives. He encouraged students to begin their practical life by upholding the principles of commitment, sincerity and devotion and to continue their efforts with complete honesty and impartiality for the progress and well being of Pakistan.
In his address Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar reiterated the fact that it is age the of knowledge revolution and only nations with better ability to use it will progress and youth has to play a significant role in nation building by rendering their untiring efforts in shaping the future of Pakistan. He further advised to believe in their abilities and embark upon an exciting yet daunting journey by maintaining the virtues of honour, integrity and selfless devotion. He also expressed his firm faith that COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus has instilled in its students all the traits necessary to shape and govern every single day of their professional life.
He also congratulated and thanked the parents for their confidence in COMSATS University, Abbottabad among all the other institutions of higher education in the country. He said that this sense of ownership is the result ofour full breadth of areas of study, cutting edge curricula, research, and above all the committed and competent faculty.Moreover, he advised students to acknowledge the dedication and respect they owe to their parents. He said that it is the right time to honor their struggle by further achieving excellence in the professional arena.
The Rector also appreciated the research productivity of the researchers at COMSATS, University. He informed that in 2016 almost 1500 research publications with Impact Factor have been contributed by our faculty members. He further added that this year researchers at COMSATS University have crossed the number of 2000 research publications with Impact Factor. Moreover, COMSATS Universityis also among the top 150 universities of Asia as per QS University Rankings, and also among top 600 universities of the world according to Times Higher Education Ranking of 2016-2017. In addition to this, COMSATS University is also ranked at #2 in University Ranking of HEC.
Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar extended his sincere gratitude to the Government of Pakistan, and especially Ministry of Science and Technology for its continuous support to promote higher education of international standard in the country. He also thanked Pakistan Army for providing its precious land for Abbottabad Campus.
While presenting the report on the occasion the Honourable Campus Director Professor Dr Arshid Pervez expressed his complete satisfaction over the excellent performance of the university in the academic as well as research fields. He stated that COMSATS University, Abbottabad campus has achieved great success in the past 18 years and has shown great progress in the fields of education and applied research. Research in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Development Studies, Management Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science and Mathematics has been recognized across Pakistan in the higher education arena. He said that this success is the result of its faculty and staff’s uphill battle over the years.
He mentioned that COMSATS University has been ranked #301-400 in the 2018 Times Higher Education ‘Engineering and Technology’ ranking, among top 601-800 World Universities in THE World Universities Rankings (WUR) 2016-17 and 2017-18, where it was ranked 1st in 2016-17, and 2nd in 2017-18 within Pakistan. It has also been ranked 137 in the prestigious TIMES Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings for the year 2017. COMSATS University, Abbottabad has been ranked among 141-150 in THE Asia University Rankings 2017. Moreover, up till 2017, 8 technical books in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Management Sciences and over 2500 research papers have been published in HEC recognized journals. Furthermore 11 International Patents have been registered; more than 80 Research Projects and various International Collaborations are also underway.
Dr Arshid Pervez paid tribute to the meritorious services of founding Rector Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, and Dr. Haroon Rashid for the development of COMSATS University, Abbottabad. He also thanked Rector Professor Dr. Raheel Qamar for his support. The worthy Director also appreciated Abbottabad Campus for its endeavors to facilitate the deserving students by providing them financial assistance. He said that different Scholarships are provided to needy students for their smooth academic management. He acknowledged the fact that COMSATS University, Abbotabad family has always remained on the fore fronts in the times of national disasters like Earthquakes and floods. He informed that currently concepts like “adopt a student”, “adopt a family”, and “adopt a village” are being devised for long term rehabilitation of flood victims. He also apprised the audiences about COMSATS University, Abbottabad being an ISO 9001:2008 certified academic institution. He said this single honor clearly speaks volumes of its adherence to the academic standards management at International level. He concluded his address by reiterated his firm resolution to make COMSATS University, Abbottabad achieve the status of a world-class university, serving the whole of the world, and standing firmly for its timeless values of meritocratic distinction and academic excellence.