ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the universities to conduct need-based research to find out solution to the problems faced by the society and economy at large. He was inaugurating the Islamabad campus of the National University of Sciences and Technology on Monday.
The Prime Minister said knowledge has become most reliable instrument of measuring development and prosperity for any nation. He said under the new paradigm, it is not just latest knowledge that really matters rather it is the creative application of such knowledge which paves the way for progress and prosperity.
He said human development remains the corner stone of government’s strategy for poverty alleviation in the country and education is single most important element of human development. The Prime Minister said government has allocated over twenty-four billion rupees or ten percent of the Federal PSDP for the education sector during the current fiscal year that is the manifestation of government’s priorities. He said the government intends to allocate four per cent of its GPD for promotion of education.
He said the government is planning to provide better access to education, including the higher education to the people. He said measures are also underway to overcome gender, rural-urban, and regional imbalances and disparities. He said the demographics of Pakistan offer both challenges and opportunities as out of one hundred and fifty five million people of Pakistan, about one hundred million are below the age of twenty-five.
The Prime Minister enumerated the outstanding services of his father, and forefathers for the promotion of education. The Prime Minister also congratulated NUST for ranking among the four hundred best universities of the world and it ranks at 386 positions
Earlier the Rector of the NUST Lt. General Mohammad Asghar in his address of welcome said that 280 scholarships have been given to the students to study abroad and when they will come back to Pakistan, they obviously would speed up the scientific education. He said twenty million rupees scholarships have been granted to the 252 students belonging to the less privilege areas of Balochistan, Sindh, NWFP and Southern Punjab.-SANA