Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said the future of the nation heavily depends upon quality and competence of its human resource especially the youth who are the research scholars.
He said this while addressing as the chief guest at the awards distribution ceremony of National Research Programme for Universities (NRPU) under the auspices of Higher Education Commission at Governor House, Peshawar on Saturday.
Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Prof: Dr. Mukhtiar Ahmad, while addressing on the occasion highlighted the aims of the program besides other VC’s of various universities, faculties, members, research scholars and students were present on this occasions.
In Pakistan, the Governor said, the young and energetic people comprise of 60 percent of the population and investment on this very segment will have the highest dividend to this country.
With this fact in mind, the Governor said, the Government of Pakistan has been focusing on education as a major component of the framework for development and social change.
Within education, he added, the role of higher education is crucial, and achieving institutional capacity for knowledge creation; promoting research and development are must to address emerging challenges.
The water scarcity, energy, food security, and environment, etc. are the sectors that need top priority, he remarked. To respond to the challenges of knowledge revolution and globalization, the Governor said, we need an education system that promotes creativity, analytical thinking, team work and strong ethical foundations.
I feel delighted to know the Higher Education Commission is fully aligned to these needs and have successfully transformed this sector of the country he said. Indeed, he added, HEC offers constructive forums that encourage institutions of higher learning to develop research and academic collaborations with both inland and foreign universities.
He wished this premier public sector organization continues playing even more effective role in the national development. Later on the Governor gave away shields to the successful researchers.—APP