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Alumni termed real strength of GIK Institute

By Muhammad Farooq
December 25, 2023

SWABI: Speakers at a gathering said here on Sunday that alumni were the real strength of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology and served as its ambassadors worldwide.

The GIK Institution celebrated “Thirty Years of Excellence,” with an alumni reunion as part of the event on Sunday.

Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology building. — GIKIET website
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology building. — GIKIET website

Former students of the Institute, currently employed in leading multinational companies and various organisations, attended the gathering. It provided a unique opportunity for alumni to reconnect with old friends after decades, exchanging views with teachers during visits to their respective engineering faculties.

Various activities, including music performances, a play, a quiz competition, a funfair exhibition, alumni visits to faculties, seminars, experience sharing, alumni support initiatives, and sports activities, were organised for the alumni.

The first batch entered the GIK Institute’s portal in August 1993. Over the past 30 years, the Institute has produced students in different engineering disciplines.Participants were informed that Institute alumni worked in 70 countries with 15 chapters worldwide, providing financial support to students. They vowed to play their role in further strengthening the environment by imparting contemporary knowledge to Institute youngsters.

Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Rector of GIK Institute, Sardar Aminullah Khan, Pro-Rector of Admin and Finance, Prof Dr Muhammad Hasan Zaidi, Pro-Rector of Academics, deans, students from various disciplines, directors, and Barrister (Engr) Habil Ahmed Khan, president of GIK Institute Alumni Association (GIKIAA), along with other alumni from different batches, attended the reunion.

The alumni paid tribute to the founder of GIK Institute, late Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the former president of Pakistan, and late A Q Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme and project director of GIK Institute.

The gathering applauded the tremendous contribution of the GIK Institute parent body, Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST), its President Engr Salim Saifullah Khan, and Executive Director Shakil Durrani.

Addressing the event, Prof Khalid stressed the vital bonds between alumni and their alma mater, calling them the “brain of academic excellence.”Other speakers also addressed the function.