Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad celebrated its 14th Commencement of Class 2019 with the graduation of 344 students in the disciplines of Aerospace, Avionics, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Science & Engineering and Space Science on August 29, 2019.
Tahir Ikram, Chairman KRL, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Maj Gen Amer Nadeem, HI(M), Chairman SUPARCO was also present on the occasion. The Chief Guest conferred the students with the Doctorate, Masters and Baccalaureate degrees in their respective fields of specialization. He gave away the President of Pakistan Gold Medals to Mr. Muhammad Abdul Wasay Awan of Aerospace Engineering, Hafeez Ur Rehman of Avionics Engineering, Sadaf of Electrical Engineering, Muhammad Ehtasham Abdullah of Mechanical Engineering,Nimra Khalid Mahmood of Materials Science & Engineering and Sehrish Fida of Space Science, who stood first in their respective programs.
Muhammad Rehan Ahmad and Fatima-Tuz-Zehra from Aerospace Engineering,Ali Yaseen and Muhammad Sultan Khan from Electrical Engineering, Shahab Ud Din from Mechanical Engineering, Muhammad Zohaib from Space Science and Saira Zahid and Zeeshan Tariq from Materials Science & Engineering, Hammad Saleem, Adil Mumtaz from Avionics engineering were awarded Vice Chancellor’s medals for best final year projects.
The Chief Guest congratulated all the graduates specially the award winners and position holders. He advised the graduating students to use their skills and knowledge with sincerity and commitment towards national advancement. He expressed his deep appreciation for the efforts being made by IST’s team towards achieving academic excellence and promoting curricular and co-curricular activities. He also praised IST’s efforts in upholding Research and Development in a meaningful and positive way. Addressing the students, the chief guest pointed out that to compete in this knowledge age, there is no room for complacency. He urged the students to reach out and make a change for betterment.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of IST Prof. Dr. Syed Wilayat Husain said that IST is perhaps the only institution in the Islamic world which focuses specifically on space science & related technologies. Our approach is aligned with Pakistan Vision 2047 and the Pakistan’s Space Vision. Both these roadmaps have been incorporated in IST’s Vision 2030. We are and have plans to work in the futuristic technologies – which include Indigenous design & development of Micro & Nano satellites, Swarm UAVs, Advance Propulsion using Plasma Technology, Structural Health Monitoring, Space based Synthetic Aperture Radar systems, Deep Space Communications, Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aerospace Application. Our work in Astrophysics has been recognized internationally and we continue to work with our R&D orgs & industry including the Aviation industry. Our Failure Analysis Center, Flight Control, Space System & Propulsion Labs are gaining national & International recognition.
He also advised the graduating class of 2019 that for a successful life, knowledge & skills are important ingredients but it can only be ensured by a very positive attitude towards your colleagues, your organization & society in general. You must exercise discipline, loyalty & justice as you tread your path on whatever road you choose to travel.
IST also showcased various projects of the graduating students which were highly appreciated by the honorable Chief Guest and visiting dignitaries.