ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Saturday that despite numerous challenges confronting Pakistan, education remained one of the main contributing factors to help resolve national issues and give a better future to young generation.
Speaking at the 8th convocation of Riphah International University in Islamabad, the president said that it is a matter of great satisfaction to note that the democratic government is fully committed to the cause of education in the country and undertaking all possible measures to make education affordable and accessible to all people of the country.
“Promotion of education has been a key priority of the present government and my presence here signifies commitment of the government towards education. It also reflects my own passion and interest in this noble cause,” he added.
The president said he has no doubt that Pakistan is a nation of talented people where majority of the population consists of youth, adding that over 60 percent of the population is between 17-25 years of age, which indeed is a rich human resource.
He said that the country’s youth have the required potential and capability to bring about constructive change in society and added that this great potential needs to be channelised and tapped in a proper manner.
He said that the youth should be groomed in such a way so that they could become the most productive asset for society and this is only possible through quality education.
The president said the 21st century is a century of knowledge and innovation and it requires a creative problem solving approach, adding that universities and institutes of higher learning therefore need to become the hub of generating innovative ideas and inventions.
In the context of higher education, he said, the government’s priority is to promote research culture with focus on capacity building to produce community of individuals who can effectively contribute to Pakistan’s economic, political and social development.
President Mamnoon said that within a decade of its existence, Riphah International University has established its campuses in applied sciences within and outside Pakistan. He appreciated the hard work and leadership of Maj Gen (r) Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali Khan, the founder chancellor, Hassan Muhammad Khan, pro-chancellor and Prof Dr Anis Ahmad, the founder vice chancellor, the management team, faculty and staff who are committed to the cause of knowledge and education.
Congratulating the graduating students, the president urged them to establish their credentials by virtue of their discipline, professional competence, honesty and integrity.
The president concluded his speech by quoting Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s saying, “You must concentrate on gaining knowledge and education. It is your foremost responsibility. Political awareness of the era is also part of your education. You must be aware of international events and environment. Education is a matter of life and death for our country.”
Earlier, the president awarded an honorary PhD degree to Dr Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, deputy prime minister and minister for energy and public utilities, Republic of Mauritius and a PhD degree to Salim Ahmed Khan.
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