KARACHI – The orientation day of Szabist was held recently. The event was a success, as it was attended by an impressive number of people; approximately 2600. Respected, Aftab Shahban Mirani (Vice Chairman & Treasurer – SZABIST, BoT) graced the event by being Guest of Honour along with honourable, Naeem Yahya Mir (CEO & MD, Pakistan State Oil); Chief Guest and key speaker, says a press release.The event was opened by a welcome address by Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani (VP Academics), who congratulated the candidates on having met the criterion to study in Szabist, a prestigious higher education institution, he then stated that, ‘In Pakistan, there are roughly 70 million children between the ages of 5 and 19 and only 63pc of these children finish primary school. While, the journey from primary school to tertiary and university education remains only a dream for a vast majority in this country and recent statistics suggest that only 6pc of Pakistanis become university graduates’. Hence he urged the fortunate few, who had succeeded an entrance in Szabist, to make the most of this privilege, ‘Students; the pressure is on you to prove that you are the torch-bearers and that you will have to carry out and spread the light of education from a mere 6pc to a 100pc of Pakistan’.