President calls for paradigm shift in education sector to cope with modern era challenges

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Zubair Qureshi

President Dr. Arif Alvi has called for a paradigm shift in the education sector to promote cutting-edge research and online mode of learning in the country.

He underlined the need for preparing the nation in the field of emerging technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Robotics and Automation to cope with the challenges of the modern era.

The President expressed these views during a briefing on the National University of Science and Technology.

The president said that it was imperative to promote and encourage the online mode of education for increasing the number of graduates to meet the rising demands of the market.

He urged the universities to focus on skill development of students, particularly in the IT sector, to enhance the country’s exports besides meeting the growing demand of IT professionals in the global market.

The president lauded the establishment of the National Science and Technology Park at NUST, saying that such projects needed to be replicated to promote innovation-led growth and attract foreign investment from Hi-tech companies in the country’s IT sector.

Rector NUST Lt. Gen (R) Engr. Javed Mahmood Bukhari briefed the President about the contributions of his institution in providing quality science and engineering education.

Gen Bukhari added that NUST, which had been developed into a multidisciplinary university, was offering education in various disciplines such as Information Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Arts, Design & Architecture.

.It was further informed that the university was catering to the professional needs of the country by offering flagship courses and trainings in Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

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