President urges youth to gain skill-based education for progress in life

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Staff Reporter

President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday emphasized on youth to gain skill-based education, adopt new technologies and develop analytical skills to make good decisions and achieve progress in life.

He was speaking at a ceremony held at President House to acknowledge the excellence of the position holders in the Higher Secondary School Certificate examination 2020.

While congratulating the position holders in the examinations, he said recognizing achievements of the brilliant students will encourage others to set a path for themselves and move ahead.

He said the real education was the ability to process the acquired information, develop analytical and logical thinking, reach good decisions and draw conclusions.

Talking about the emerging fields of artificial intelligence and neural networks, he noted that human brain was amazing with its 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections and one could increase his brain capacity by indulging in mental exercises similar to the way physical exercises were done to strengthen a human body.

“We have to develop our skills, build our brains and excel in fields like information technology where the possibilities are limitless.”

Referring to the issue of 20 million out of school children in Pakistan, he said in Bangladesh 98 percent of children were getting primary education.

In Pakistan as compared to boys, more girls were obtaining higher education, he said and underlined the need for incentives and linking benefits of the Ehsaas programme with school enrollment to educate more children.

He mentioned the scheme of providing lunch in schools in New Delhi to encourage children to attend school. “We have to give incentives to increase enrollment.”

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood in his speech informed about the reforms being undertaken by the government to improve the education system.

Earlier, the President gave away prizes to the position holders in the examinations of the education boards of all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

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