Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has stressed the need for provision of the best quality education to the upcoming generations. He was addressing the participants in the laptops distribution ceremony, held at the Govt College for Women University (GCWU), Sialkot, after inaugurating the newly established Admin Block and smart classroom here Saturday. He said that it was the prime obligation of everyone to help secure educational future of students by opening doors of quality education on them and providing them with maximum opportunities of gaining knowledge.
He said that promotion of education was a must to make Pakistan and the Pakistani nation the best in every sphere of life, and enabling the country to stand in the comity of educationally developed nations. The minister said that promotion of quality education is top priority of the government. He said that students were the future of the country and the government was providing them maximum facilities, and enabling them to serve the nation and the country in a better way. The minister pledged an early and amicable solution to university’s all problems and provision of missing facilities there.
On this occasion, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that the Commission had been playing a pivotal role in promotion of quality education, knowledge and knowledge-based economy through ensuring access to quality higher education at local level. The chairman said that the number of HEC recognised universities had increased to 188 with 1.4 million students studying in these universities. He said that the number of universities was only 59 in the country in 2002, and only 276,000 students were getting education there. He said that female students were 42 per cent of the total 1.4 million students now studying in all 188 HEC recognised universities across-the-country.
He said the annual budget of HEC had been increased to Rs 107 billion, as the Commission had been giving educational scholarships, both foreign and indigenous, to 251,000 students for getting the higher education. He hailed the efforts and services of GCWU Sialkot for promotion of higher education among the local students. The foreign minister also distributed laptops among 40 brilliant students of the university in the third phase of Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme. As many as 481 laptops have been distributed among the brilliant students of GCWU under the PM’s Laptops Scheme until now.
Chairman Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab Dr Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor Govt College Women University (GCWU) Sialkot Dr Farhat Saleemi, Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Naila Khan.—APP