Strong linkage between universities, industrial sector vital: Fawad

Staff Reporter

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday stressing the need to improve linkage between national universities and the industrial sector said education and modern technologies’ cohesion “helps reshape the economy of a country”.

Speaking at a seminar on the role of youth in reshaping the future of Pakistan he said Stanford University alone infused massive amount in US economy by developing applications like Apple, Google and WhatsApp.

Similarly Howards University developed the Facebook application which also has a significant share in the United States’ national economy.

He said that ministries of education science and technology and information technology would spell out the future dynamics of Pakistan’s economy to take it to the next level.

Fawad said when Pakistan came into being it had only one University whereas now there were 217 universities but there was a need to improve the quality of education to bring them at par with the international standards.

The federal and provincial governments, he said, would have to determine how to link the educational sector with the industry to utilize these two sectors’ true potential.

He said more practical steps were needed for the development of the country and the role of the people having progressive and enlightened approach was vital to make Pakistan an
Islamic Welfare State.

Citing the examples of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, he said, the nation needed to follow the footprints of these two great progressive leaders to make Pakistan a great country among the comity of nations.

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