Lahore—Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that education plays important role in nation building, however, our rulers since the inception of Pakistan did not pay the tune of attention to the education sector which it deserved.
He was addressing the inaugural session of three-day 4th International Conference on Research in Education being organized by Institute of Education and Research at Faisal Auditorium here on Wednesday. Dr Muhammad Bin Mishal Al Ghamidi from Makkah University, Saudi Arabia was guest of honor on the occasion.
Renowned educationists including Dr Muhammad Ahsan and Dr Naureen Durrani from UK, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, Conference Secretary Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, researchers from various parts of world and country and a large number of students were present on the occasion. The theme of the conference was combating contemporary challenges through education.
Addressing the conference, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the developed nations spent 1.5 to 3 percent of their GDP on research and development. He said America’s GDP was around 18 trillion and it spent 360 to 540 billion dollars on research and development per year while Pakistan had a GDP of around 250 billion dollars only and was spending only upto 0.2 percent on research and development per year.
While Pakistan spends around 1.7 percent of its GDP on education, he added. “Money is always there. It is a question of priority,” the VC said.