Top US varsities to help transform Pakistan into a Knowledge Economy
Islamabad—Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday urged the United States to support Pakistan in training of Human Resources (HRs) to implement Vision 2025. Ahsan said this in a meeting with Evan Ryan, USA Assistant Secretary Education and Cultural Affairs, who called on him at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.
The government is keen to benefit from the strength of top US universities to train its strategic human resources for transforming Pakistan into a Knowledge Economy, said a statement issued here. “Pakistan-USA Knowledge Corridor” can become a strong bridge between the two countries.
He highlighted the efforts to promote primary and higher education particularly girls education in the country and said that USA can partner positively to make these efforts a success. He said Pak-USA Knowledge Corridor has been recognized as an important initiative in the joint statement of Pakistan and USA during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to USA last year.
“Now challenge lies in operationalizing it at the earliest”, he mentioned. The minister said that Pakistan needs 10,000 Ph.D scholars in the next ten years to cater to the growing needs of expanding faculty in higher education sector.
Pak-USA Knowledge Corridor would fulfil the increased demand of Ph.Ds scholars in Pakistan. He proposed for development of group of academicians in USA that should make Pakistan the subject of their research.
He also highlighted the characteristics of joint Science Founda-tion to finance scholars from both sides, proposed in USA-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. Ahsan Iqbal pointed out that Education, Science and Technology Group is most important group in USA-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue to take the decades-long bilateral relations beyond the security prism by cooperating in social sectors to cement the ties on sustain-able basis.
He said social and economic development road map of Pakistan Vision-2025 also focuses greatly on human resources development by investing education heavily in education sector. The minister highlighted the achievements of Pakistan in last two and half years and noted that country is transforming in every sphere of life.
Our initiative “Brand Pakistan” is meant to recognize the changing Pakistan by engaging Pakistani Diaspora, he stated and added that Pakistani students in foreign universities can play a critical role to highlight the true image of Pakistan.
USA Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan commended Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal for conceiving the idea of US-Pak Knowledge Corridor. She noted that it is an ambitious idea and would be effective to revolutionize Pakistan higher education by establishing links with USA universities.
She also appreciated the efforts of Ahsan Iqbal to promote girls education. “I am really impressed the way you are championing Knowledge and Education causes in the country”, US Assistant Secretary remarked. She also agreed with the proposals of Ahsan Iqbal for stronger ties between Pakistan and USA through Pakistani diaspora in USA and agreed to work closely in education sector.—APP