Strong foundation of ‘knowledge economy’ laid through vision 2025: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said the present government has laid strong foundation for ‘knowledge economy’ by focusing on education sector in its Vision-2025.

He was talking to members of teaching staff from different universities of Balochistan who visited Planning Commission here Tuesday.

Minister said the old paradigm of education like memorization has lost the relevance and now the education system based on critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving approach is need of the hour.

He further said country that has strong knowledge base and innovation will progress and those with weak base are bound to perish.

Inclusive growth policy of government lays special emphasis on development of backward areas like Balochistan, he added.

Welcoming the members of teaching staff from Balochistan universities, the minister said that knowledge is important in human civilization right from the beginning and world entered into knowledge era in the 21st century after passing through agriculture era and industrial age.

He said that present knowledge era warrants new thinking and tools to match with the pace of fast developing world and said that Pakistan needs to follow the footsteps of developed nation by promoting culture of critical thinking and innovation.

He said teacher holds the key for a knowledge based society and it is only possible if teacher is also trained and groomed on the lines of critical thinking and innovation.

Quoting from Quran, Minister said observation and question is the most fundamental source of knowledge that Allah ordained in it.

He called upon the teachers to adopt the new techniques of teaching which help in developing the questioning minds of the students and make the class rooms interactive places rather than a lecture room.

Ahsan iqbal said the government attaches great importance to education sector, which is reflected from the increase in budget from Rs.43 billion to Rs.78 billion for higher education in last two years.

He pointed out that teacher has a transformational role and for this purpose, Transformational Teachers Training Initiative has also been launched that helped teachers adopt the techniques that would make class rooms a pleasant place rather than laborious one for the students.

Speaking about the fast improving situation in Balochistan, Ahsan Iqbal said the province is fast moving towards normalcy in the last two years and said that present government believed in the participatory model of governance so it scarified its majority by allowing a coalition government headed by a nationalist party of Balochistan.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor offers immense dividends to people of Balochistan and project will trigger of socio-economic development in the province.

“It will bring a revolution in the lives of people of province when it  will be implemented fully”, he said when pointed out that work on missing links in existing road network especially on Western alignment is moving on fast track.

He said Gawadar is gateway of CPEC and though this project the city will be brought at part with the developed port cities like Dubai and Singapore.

Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is aimed making the country manufacturing hub rather converting it into a container economy and believed Balochistan would be the bigger beneficiary of this industrialization through CPEC.

Source: APP