BANGKOK, May 24 (APP): Nineteen Pakistani students have completed Masters and Ph.D programmes at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and were awarded degrees at 119th AIT Graduation Ceremony held in Bangkok on Friday.The graduation ceremony was attended by Thai dignitaries, members of AIT Board of Trustees, AIT administration and faculty, and representatives of diplomatic corps. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Thailand, Sohail Mahmood, was also present on the occasion.A total of 9 Pakistanis completed Ph.D degrees mainly in engineering-related subjects. The graduating students belonged to various disciplines including urban environment management, information management, industrial and manufacturing engineering, micro electronic and embedded system, food engineering and bio-process technologies, telecommunications, computer science, remote sensing and GIS, and business administration.
A Pakistani student, Ghaffar Ahmad, got the distinction of delivering remarks on behalf of outstanding doctoral graduates.
Similarly, another Pakistani Masters student Suwaid Akbar won two prestigious awards including John A Hornes Prize, and the AIT Alumni Association Award, for his research work and outstanding performance as a student respectively.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood congratulated the students and their families on successful completion of academic programmes and wished them well for their future.
At an earlier event organized by the Pakistani Students Association (PSA), Ambassador Sohail Mahmood urged the graduates to pursue their professional careers with dedication, hard work and integrity.
He further asked them to make positive contribution to Pakistan’s socio-economic development and also play their part in further strengthening Pak-Thai relations, particularly in the realm of people-to-people exchanges.
Pakistan is one of the founding members of AIT. A large number of Pakistani students are pursuing academic progammes at AIT, a majority on HEC scholarships.
The total of Pakistani graduates since AIT’s inception in 1959 is nearing 1000.