Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, T.I. Worthy Rector CIIT inaugurated the Student Startup Business Center (SSBC) facility at CIIT, Islamabad at the opening ceremony of the spring SSBC Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive on 18th April, 2017.
Members of the faculty, senior management and officials, Departmental representatives and students from various CIIT Departments took part in the ceremony. SSBC campus In-charges from CIIT Vehari, Attock and Lahore were also present at the ceremony.
The Worthy Rector unveiled a beautifully engraved SSBC plaque to commemorate the inauguration of SSBC facility. The ceremony was launched with recitation of Holy Quran and a prayer for the organization and its students to succeed in all endeavors they pursue.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director SSBC, Mr. Muhammad Raza Ahmad Khan,highlighted the importance of the SSBC initiative towards job creation as well as value creation to society. He highlighted that SSBC program is an integral part of worthy Rector?s vision to turn CIIT into an entrepreneurial University. He acknowledged the efforts of SSBC shortlisting Committee members and esteemed CIIT faculty members, who have participated wholeheartedly in SSBC Startups "Business Plan Development Program". These faculty members and shortlisting committee members, who were instrumental in making the SSBC Programs engaging and resourceful, were awarded certificates of appreciation by the Rector CIIT. He also lauded the efforts of SSBC Management Committees working at campuses SSBC?s and his team for turning SSBC dream into reality.
The Rector CIIT in his remarks appreciated the support of student centric activities focused on entrepreneurship, which are underway at SSBC. He encouraged the SSBC Startups to stay committed to their ideals and goals in life. He dilated upon the need for an entrepreneurial culture in the University. The Rector remarked that as human kind evolved, a societal revolution took place. People learnt new things while forgetting older yet essential skills. People started focusing on acquiring specialization in specific fields, which resulted in creating opportunities for people with multiple skills, willing to offer services and solutions to society. Entrepreneurs (in the modern world) are such a group of people, who develop multiple skill set and utilize their knowledge to identify various opportunities and risk capital for their gain.
Worthy Rector noted that the University has created a platform in the form of SSBC for nurturing the entrepreneurial skills of students. Pakistan has immense potential in the form of an able youth, and the possibilities for our society are endless. However,we still have to create technology that can make life easier, in our development context. He touched upon several contributions made by western scientists that need to be emulated in Pakistan and encouraged students to utilize the facility created by the University.
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