Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in economic revival in Pakistan and called upon the nation to pray and make efforts for its timely completion.

The President said this while addressing the 39th Convocation of FAST National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) here on Monday. The President stated that CPEC would not only be beneficial for Pakistan but for all the countries of the region, noting that it would transform the fate of the region. The President said that Pakistan would become the most important country of the region after the completion of CPEC and it would generate great employment opportunities as well. He emphasised upon the youth to make themselves ready for taking advantage of these opportunities. The President expressed hope that CPEC would strengthen Pakistan’s economy.

The President said that Pakistan is a great country but in the past it suffered a lot of damage at the hands of corrupt elements. He highlighted that the country was on the right track up to 1970s but afterwards it was marred by corruption. The President emphasized, “Now we have to put the country on path of progress by eliminating corruption.”

The President also distributed medals and certificates amongst the successful students at the end of the convocation ceremony.

The rector, members FAST Board of Governors, secretary general, director Islamabad campus, faculty members, students and media representatives attended the ceremony.

The President congratulated graduates on achieving the landmark and their parents on this memorable event of their lives. Students from diverse spectrum of disciplines, such as, computer sciences, electrical engineering, sciences & humanities and business administration received their degrees.

Chancellor FAST-NU Wasim Sajjad said FAST-NU was the first multi-campus federal university established in the private sector by the federal government in 2000. He said since then only merit was the criterion for admission. “No student who qualifies for admission is denied education because of inability to pay fees. Over 1000 students are given financial aid which amounts to Rs 70 million each year,” he informed.

He said that Islamabad campus of the university is striving hard to cater to the demands of ever increasing number of brilliant aspiring candidates for admission. “However, owing to paucity of space we have to curtail the intake. Besides this, we plan to establish a new state of the art multi-story building for the library, a fully equipped sports complex and hostel facility, particularly for our female students. A piece of land had been allocated to Islamabad Campus by the CDA but it couldn’t be acquired as CDA is adamant to charge commercial rates.”

On the request of Chancellor FAST-NU Wasim Sajjad, the President assured all possible support to the university regarding land allotment in Islamabad at subsidised rate.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has said that discriminatory treatment is being meted out to some nations in certain regions of the world in different fields of science, adding that the complaint is more obvious in the matter of physics.

The President said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 40th International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC) on Physics and Contemporary Needs here at National centre for Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, on Monday.

The President stated that only those nations excel and mark their footprints in the world which demonstrate exceptional performance in the field of science and technology. Time has proved that either it is industry & commerce, trade, defence or the field of economy, the acquisition of progress and supremacy in these sectors depend upon expertise in science and technology, observed the President.

The President noted that despite lack of resources and difficult situation, excellent science and technology institutions have been established in Pakistan. The President emphasized that all imperative measures would have to be taken in order to promote scientific thought in Pakistan.  The sensitization about scientific subjects to enable the new generation for understanding contemporary scientific ideas is very necessary, said the President. He expressed hope that Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and related national departments would continue to play their role in this regard.  

The President noted with appreciation that PAEC and other such institutes have kept the academic activities going even in uncertain circumstances. He paid tribute to all institutes and assured that support of the state would always be there for such productive activities.

The President appreciated the performance of scientific institutions of Pakistan and stated that their membership of international agencies of scientific education and research like CERN, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEC), International Centre for Theoretical Physics and Middle East’s institute SESAME is manifestation of their excellent standing in their field.