MIRPUR: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the students to reach out to their peers around the world and apprise them of the situation of Jammu and Kashmir and about the brutalities against its people.
Addressing the fifth convocation of the Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) here on Tuesday, he said that our soul, body, and identity will remain incomplete until and unless Indian Occupied Kashmir is free and becomes our part.
He said that the previous generation had liberated Azad Kashmir, and now it was the responsibility of today’s youth to struggle for the progress and prosperity of this region. Rather, he maintained that the youth should also struggle for the liberation of a vast part of the State which is still under the unlawful occupation of the enemy.
Referring to the situation prevailing in occupied Kashmir, the AJK President said that the Kashmiri people were going through the darkest hour in their history, and they were being subjected to inhuman excesses for demanding their legitimate right and freedom.
He expressed pleasure that MUST had organized several seminars to highlight the liberation movement and the right of self-determination of the people.
Congratulating the graduating students and their parents, Sardar Masood Khan said that education does not mean to gain knowledge or to attain a degree, but the real purpose of education is to make one a good citizen who can contribute to the prosperity and the progress of the nation.
He also appreciated the MUST administration for imparting higher education to a large number of students. However, he stressed that in order to promote research and innovation, we will have to acquaint the students with modern technologies so that we can compete with other nations in the world.
Earlier in his address Vice Chancellor MUST Prof. Dr. Maqsood Ahmed said that the University had recently introduced several new disciplines and that more than 84 degrees in various disciplines were taught at MUST at the moment.
On this occasion, the AJK president awarded degrees to 3,367 students and gold medals to 70 students for showing excellence in different disciplines. They included 2,289 under graduate, 250 MS and M.Phil and five doctorate degree holders.