My Dear Students and Parents,
We are approaching the end of 2020, a year that will be seared in our memories as we endure the challenges and changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. We have been living with the uncertainties since the beginning of the year and are forced to adapt quickly with the new norms of the pandemic, especially our working life.
I believe that most of us have been working from home ever since the outbreak, and many others have also continued to carry out with their jobs under extremely trying conditions. As students of a prestigious institution of the nation, I would like to urge you to exhibit resilience and discipline and spread hope to others in this testing time.
Many of our students are expecting to complete their degrees at this historic juncture, while several others are just starting out under an extremely stressful time. I am pleased to inform you that with our efforts to improve governance, CUI will continue to emphasize student services and quality education in its vision for the coming years. We have launched programs in cyber security, artificial intelligence, and data science, to build on our strength in Information Technology as well as to cater to the future human resource needs. In the coming year we will focus on making our programs industry relevant and reconnecting with our 66,000+ strong alumni, who are so important to our societal impact.
We all know that it has become emotionally challenging for the life under isolation. Students are unable to attend classes physically and the social life is also perturbed, further the university is also undertaking drastic containment measures for the virus. I would like to urge everyone to take all precautions necessary to avoid contracting the infection to themselves or their families.
It is crucial for us to stay resilient and keep supporting each other. Let us resolve to work hard in the coming year and accomplish for this institution and for our country Pakistan.
I wish you and your family a joyous New Year of good health, happiness, and prosperity, and send your way prayers for a better 2021!
Prof. Dr. Muhammad T. Afzal
COMSATS University Islamabad