PU VC wants GDP’s 4pc to eradicate illiteracy

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that the government must allocate at least four percent of GDP to education to eradicate illiteracy and for the development of the country.
He was addressing a seminar held at Punjab University Al-Raazi Hall here on Thursday. The event was jointly organized by Punjab University and Rotary Club of Lahore Canal to mark World Literacy Day. On this occasion Director General Punjab Libraries Dr Zahir-ud-Din Babar, Head of Rotary International Pakistan Chair Mr Saeed Shamsi, President Rotary Club of Lahore Canal Syed Shahbaz Bukhari, former District Governor Sajid Pervaiz Bhatti, President Tax Bar Association Farhan Shahzad, Director LCWU Dr Afifa, Assistant Prof Ms Sonia Omer, faculty members and a large number of students were present.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the Muslims were facing problems in the world due to ignorance and their distance from knowledge. He said we had not realized that the 750 verses of Holy Quran, which is 1/8th part of the Holy Book, stressed to focus on resolving the mysteries of the universe. He said that America’s GDP was around 18 trillion and it spent 2 to 2.7 percent i.e. 360 to 540 billion dollars on research and development per year while Pakistan had a GDP of around 250 billion dollars only and was spending only 0.1 or 0.2 percent on research and development per year. Addressing the seminar, Director General Libraries Dr Zaheer uddin Babar said that the number of persons visiting public libraries in Punjab were increasing day by day and now around 600-650 persons visited each public library a day. Rotary International Pakistan’s Literacy Chair’s Chairman Saeed Shamsi said that four friends had founded Rotary International in 1905 for the welfare and development of society and now it had 1.2 million members in 200 countries. He said that unfortunately, because of ignorance and illiteracy in Pakistan, polio could not be eradicated from the country. He said that Rotary International Pakistan had adopted several public and private sector schools and we had launched TEACH campaign which included training of teachers, e-learning, development of children, each one teach one and happy schools programs. President Rotary Club of Lahore Canal Syed Shahbaz Bukhari said that youth were future of Pakistan and young male and female students should play their role to eradicate illiteracy from our beloved homeland. Former District Governor Sajid Pervaiz Bhatti said that PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran would be remembered in the history in golden words as he had liberated Punjab University and provided independent academic atmosphere on campus.

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