GILGIT: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday urged the youth to concentrate on acquiring contemporary education to not only excel in their lives but also to put the country on the road to progress and prosperity.
Speaking at a function of Karakoram International University here, the President said the country, including Gilgit-Baltistan, was blessed with natural resources which could only be utilized and exploited by an educated nation.
The President, who is also the chancellor of the University, underscored the need for initiating faculty development programmes at educational institutions in order to impart quality education to the youth.
He stressed strict adherence to meritocracy and transparency in the education sector.
He said the Karakoram University should introduce more disciplines, including forestry, architecture, archaeology and other related fields so that the youth of the area could better serve the region.
Emphasizing the need for development of education infrastructure, the President said the nations, which lag behind in the education sector, could not fully exploit their true potential and their resources were taken away by others.
He said development of universities had been his foremost priority and he would continue his efforts for bringing improvement in the higher education sector of the country.
He also urged the female students to keep on acquiring modern education in order to play their role in national development.
He asked the Karakoram University’s administration to consider opening a girls’ campus of the university at Hunza.
He appreciated the university’s efforts to open new campuses at Chillas, Ghizar and Upper Hunza and assured his all possible support in this regard.
The President said he was fully cognizant of the problems being faced by the university and assured to address them at the earliest.
He urged the students and teachers to create awareness in the society about population explosion and wage a fight against corruption.
“You are opinion makers of the society and it is your prime responsibility to collectively work for development of the country,” he added.
Referring to the initiatives taken by the present government in different sectors, the President said a series of steps had been taken to bring in new investment and enhance electricity production.
About Pak- China economic corridor, he said this would open new vistas of opportunities and generate economic activities in the entire country, including Gilgit-Baltistan.
“Development of Gwadar International Airport, Lahore-Karachi motorway project and making Gwadar Port fully operational are part of this important project, which will change the destiny of this nation,” added the President Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the Karakoram International University Prof Dr Muhammad Asif Khan, in his welcome address, apprised about the ongoing and future development schemes of the university.
He said the KIU had emerged as one of the fastest growing universities of the country during a short span of time.
When it was established in 2003, it had just 136 students, but now their number had been increased to 3000.
He said 30 students of the university were doing PhDs in various disciplines. He said the faculty of agriculture was being set up this year.
The KIU, he said, was the only university, which generated 55 percent of its budget itself.
The function was also attended by Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Ch Barjees Tahir, Governor Gilgit Baltistan Syed Pir Karam Ali Shah, Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, faculty members and students.