Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak Monday said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a great project for the region, rather a game changer that would change the very destiny of the nation hence it required the high level of preparedness adding the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) led KP government was fully prepared to meet the challenge effectively. He said information technology was the most important sector for CPEC enhancing productive capacity of all other sectors.
Addressing IT Infrastructure Inaugural Ceremony at Edwardes College, Peshawar the CM called upon the youth to attain high level of professionalism in IT as well as other spheres of higher education to ensure bright future of the nation. The function was also addressed by Principal of the college Prof. Dr. Nayer Fardows and other academicians who highlighted various aspects of the historical background of the college and features of the new IT infrastructure. The Advisor to the Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, the BoD members, professors and students of the college in a large number were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also gave away shields and souvenirs to the Professors that include the chairman BS English department Professor Gulzar Jalal and management of BSIT and IT Infrastructure Section of the college in recognition of the achievements in their respective fields. He said that the provincial government was fully focusing on education with emphasis on IT and technical education. He said this province has become the most suitable destination for investment and industrialization. “The only thing we need to do is to enhance our level of preparedness and produce skilled manpower for the industrial needs in the backdrop of CPEC. We have already handed over training centers and management to Pakistan Air Force to run them on professional lines to produce skilled manpower”. The Chief Minister informed.
Pervez Khattak said that education takes the center stage in our social sector reform agenda. “We have always held that education is the most important goal to be achieved. We believe in investing our energies, time and resources to providing quality education to all. We have been able to restore the confidence of masses in the public education sector”, he added. He said the government of KP is addressing the educational challenge in a very comprehensive manner. We are on our way to make our schools at par with the private sector. We have made a resolve to provide every student in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an excellent learning environment. “We have ensured that schools are provided with missing facilities such as toilets, electricity, drinking water, furniture, IT labs and especially teachers to all schools”, he further said.
The Chief Minister lauded the role of Edwards College Peshawar for promotion of education. He said that this great institution of educational excellence has the reputation for producing great leaders discharging their responsibilities in all walks of life. He said E-learning is certainly a new beginning that will add to the accomplishments of Edwardes College. He said this college is having a proven record of 117 years of successful educational services including the grooming of the students, academic growth and the spirited contributions in all disciplines of education.