President Mamnoon Hussain Monday said that educational institutions and intellectuals had an important role to play in building a counter narrative against extremism and terrorism in the light of Islamic teachings. Chairing the 12th meeting of Board of Trustees (BOT) of International Islamic University (IIUI) at Faisal Mosque Campus here, the President said that IIUI was playing an important role in this regard and appreciated the institution for imparting quality religious and contemporary education.
He underscored that no nation could achieve progress in the world without excelling in the realm of education particularly science and technology.
He called for promoting culture of research at educational institutions for strengthening the innovative and intellectual capabilities of the students to enable them to win laurels for the country.
President Mamnoon stressed the need for coordination between IIUI and universities in Gulf countries and Central Asia which, he said, would be mutually beneficial for all.
He also expressed the desire that IIUI should establish its campuses in other Muslim countries.
He highlighted the significance of BOT in managing the affairs of the university and called for holding it on regular basis.
The meeting also reviewed the implementation of decisions taken in the last BOT meeting.
The President hoped that the decisions taken in the 12th BOT meeting would further complement the development of the university.
Earlier, Rector IIUI Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai presented report of the activities of the university.
He also presented 10 years strategic plan (2016-25) of the IIUI and apprised that a center for teaching Arabic language would also be inaugurated on Tuesday by pro-chancellor of the university.
The President appreciated the interest shown by the members of the BOT in the affairs of the university and hoped that they would work with the same spirit in future too.
He thanked the members especially those who arrived to attend this meeting from abroad. Pro-Chancellor IIU Dr Sulaiman Ibn Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, President IIU Dr Ahmed Yousif Al- Draiweesh, Rector IIU Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Federal Secretary Education Haseeb Athar, Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and others also attended the meeting.