Islamabad, April 25, 2014 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated firm commitment of the government to accord topmost priority to the promotion of higher education and called upon the heads of the universities to focus on bringing out latest and quality research in all fields and develop an educational system that is more compatible with the requirements of a knowledge based economy in the country.
The President said this during his meeting with the 3rd group of heads of leading universities and degree awarding institutes of the country today at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The heads of universities who called on the President included Mr. Jahangir Bashar, Rector, GIK Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, Swabi, Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad, Rector, National Textile University, Faisalabad, Dr. Najma Najam, Vice Chancellor, Karakorum International University, Gilgit and Prof. Hina Tayyaba, Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore.
Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed was also present during the meeting. The President said allocation of record all time high budget, Rs. 60.369 Billion this year for higher education demonstrates the priority the government attaches to the development of higher education sector in country.
The President emphasized the need for focusing on promoting women education at all levels so as to make our women strong enough to face the challenges of life and enable the women of the country to participate in the decision making process.
The President urged the heads of the universities to focus on greater collaboration between the universities and the industry to promote research, job creation and preparing the young generation of the country to efficiently meet the requirements of the market besides being able to compete at the global level in various fields.
The President also emphasized the need for developing and strengthening linkages of their respective institutes with the reputed international universities so as to benefit from the global experiences and expertise in various educational fields.
The President’s meeting with the vice chancellors today was part of the series of the meeting the President has been holding with the educationist, heads of the universities and scholars from across the country to promote education, women empowerment and quality research in the country
The Vice chancellors and Rectors thanked the President for meeting and his keen interest in the promotion of education in the county. They apprised the President about academic activities, research development and other achievements, ongoing and future projects and plans and different issues of their respective Universities. The President assured all out support and patronage to the heads of the universities and degree awarding institutes in the promotion of education in Pakistan.
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