With Great Jovial Spirit University of Baltistan, Skardu Celebrates the First Convocation Making History Among the Varsities
Baltistan is one of the most beautiful regions of Pakistan abundant in natural resources, landscapes, and tourist attraction which is also known as Heaven on Earth due to its heavenly features and beauty. In this region, the only campus of KIU was offering education in only four departments. The overwhelming demands of the people of this region was the establishment of University of Baltistan, Skardu. The then Prime Minster of Pakistan fulfilling the demands of the people of Baltistan announced establishment of University of Baltistan on 14th April 2015. Later, University of Baltistan, Skardu Order was declared by the then President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. On September 19, 2017, the CDWP approved the university Development Project worth PRs. 1747.307 Million in favor of UOBS.
The then Prime Minster of Pakistan inaugurated University of Baltistan, Skardu on Oct. 25, 2017. HEC issued immediate NOC to UOBS to become a public sector university on 24th November 2017. The President of Pakistan appointed the First Vice Chancellor for University of Baltistan, Skardu.
Likewise, over 2000 students of GB will get education in the conducive learning environment of UOBS. 108 highly qualified faculty members and 98 management staff will get job in general. Furthermore, about 12-15 colleges will be affiliated in near future.
University of Baltistan, Skardu celebrated its First Convocation with great jovial spirit making history among the national varsities. It is pertinent to mention that University of Baltistan, Skardu organized Convocation for its graduates with in very short span of time after its establishment in October 2017 which is no doubt an emerging milestone among the varsities across the globe. The distinguished guests, high officials, members of civil society, divisional administrative officials, senior officers of Pakistan Army and Police, parents, students, graduates and media representatives witnessed and acknowledged the best performances of the university. All the participants open heartedly said that they saw a great turn-out, discipline and manner in the convocation.
The proceedings of the convocation started with the ritual entry of the graduates wearing gowns and symbolic caps preceded by the Registrar UOBS Dr. Irsahd Ali holding the flag and followed by the Chief Guests, Vice Chancellor, guests of honor and faculty members. The audience already sitting in the auditorium applauded with cordial respect for the graduates. After the recitation and Naat-e-Shareef, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan delivered a formal welcome speech paying gratitude to the guests.
Addressing to the audience, the Vice Chancellor highlighted the performances and the future plans of the university. He said that the young minds of this region are more sensible, civilized, talented and well-mannered as compared to the rest of the country. He further said that the varsity’s priorities include research on the natural resources, languages, literature and culture of the region, glaciers, water-resources, mineral resources, livestock and other many resources. He expressed in pride that UOBS is a fully computerized and digital university that it is standing in such a position to provide other universities of the country. He concluded that UOBS will soon announce faculty positions to make rapid progress on merit basis.
The Commander FCNA, Major General Ehsan Mehmood Khan as the chief guest of the First Convocation, presided the First Convocation of University of Baltistan, Skardu. Addressing to the audience, the Commander FCNA Maj. Gen. Ehsan Mehmood said: ‘’Gilgit-Baltistan is the Jewel of Pakistan having firm rooted ties with the country by heart and soul and University of Baltistan is surely making history in short span of time. He said with certainty: the varsity possesses strong potentials and energy to become not only a GB based institution but it can become a national and international level university. He further expressively said that UOBS has excellently demonstrated on its vision especially creating positive thought among the youth which is surely praiseworthy and noteworthy. The Chief Guest said that no student will be deprived of education just due to financial constraints. In addition to that the Chief Guest suggested to establish UOBS Scholarship Endowment Fund and donated One Million PKRs for this cause. Furthermore, he announced Thirteen Thousand PKRs to each medalist. The Commander FCNA said that he never observed such patriotic people like the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in his lifelong journey of the world.
Senior Minster Haji Akbar Taban congratulated all the graduates and announced Two Lac for University of Baltistan Endowment Fund and also announced One Million by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan.
To sum up, the graduates one by one appeared on the stage to receive their degrees from the Chief Guest. Gold-medals, Silver-medals and Bronze-Medals were also distributed among the top position holders.