‘Poor students must enter mainstream of national life’
ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday called for the private sector’s role in providing poor students with opportunities for higher education, enabling them to enter the mainstream of national life.
“Talented students with scant or no financial resources need to be encouraged by all of us and private institutions should facilitate them to overcome the poverty barrier,” the president said, while addressing a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST), and the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences at the presidency.
President Musharraf underlined the importance of observing merit and transparency in admissions. He reiterated the government’s commitment to raising the quality of education and praised FAST and the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences for consistently pursuing the aim.
“The university, in a short period, has come up as one of the finest institutions of higher education, equipping students with essentials that will enable them to serve the country,” he added.
FAST President Senator Wasim Sajjad, Rector Amir Muhammad and Pro-Rector Lt Gen (r) Syed Rafaqat informed the president about various problems the university was facing. app