Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, emphasized the need to further enhance the academic quality of AJK Universities and committed towards capacity building of the faculty and students.
The President made these remarks while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) sub-campus at Pallandri here today. The ceremony was also attended by Ch.Faisal Mushtaq, Minister for Human Rights, Minorities, Social Welfare and Population, Government of Punjab; Farooq Ahmed Tahir, Deputy Speaker, AJK Legislative Assembly; Dr. Najeeb Naqi, Minister Finance and Health, AJK; Sehrish Qamar, Member AJK Legislative Assembly; Prof. Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman, Vice Chancellor MUST; Prof. Dr. Haleem Khan, Vice Chancellor AJK Women University, Bagh and Prof. Khurshid Khan, Principal Cadet College Palandri.
President Masood Khan while addressing the audience expressed his happiness on coming to Sudhanoti which he said is the land of Ghazis and Shaheeds. He said that it was the vision of Khan Muhammad Khan that today Azad Kashmir enjoys the highest literacy rate in whole of Pakistan.
He stressed the need for providing quality higher education in all districts of AJK, thereby helping cater to students living in far-flung areas of AJK. He said that by introducing new and innovative disciplines in-sync with the job market, our universities would help produce the best human resource. The President stressed on investing heavily in building skilled and educated human resource as they are the real capital of a country. He also informed that AJK universities will organise job fairs for their students at their campuses.
“We shall consolidate our Universities qualitatively”, he said. He said we will focus on improving the quality at our public sector universities. We will focus on promoting a knowledge based economy which will contribute to the economic growth of Pakistan.
President AJK – who is also the Chancellor of Public Sector Universities of AJK – commended the University’s VC and management for effectively and efficiently working towards the timely inauguration of the sub-campus.
He said that this sub-campus despite numerous hurdles is now ready to accept aspiring students for the coming academic year. Initially, Pallandri campus will provide degree courses in Law, Tourism and Hospitality, Forestry; and in the coming years Computer Systems Engineering and Environmental Engineering will be introduced.