President stresses investment in health, education

* Highlights critical role of medical, engineering, IT and social sciences education
President stresses investment in health, education

ISLAMABAD: While highlighting the need to invest in the most critical areas of health and education, President Mamnoon Hussain said on Monday that it was imperative to make the country economically prosperous.
Addressing the first convocation of the Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University at the Pak-China Friendship Centre, the president said that Pakistan was fortunate that a large and overwhelming segment of its population comprises of youth. “If trained and educated properly with relevant professional skills and values, we can use this huge potential to transform this country into a flourishing economy.” In this regard the president said the universities and colleges, especially the higher education and professional institutions, have a critical role to play in imparting quality education, especially in the disciplines like medical, allied health sciences, engineering, IT, management and social sciences.
“We need to focus on greater collaboration between the universities and the industry to promote research, job creation and preparing the youth meet the requirements of the market.” He said besides imparting quality education to achieve professional excellence, the youth must be taught religious and cultural values and ethos in their true perspective, which are essential pillars of a balanced society. “We must train our youth in such a way that they could face every challenge with strength of mind and character,” Mamnoon said.
The president expressed the confidence that Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University shall continue following a model for such a system of education which provides a blend of quality and values. He said the medical profession involves a lifelong process of learning. Despite the fact that their alma mater has laid a sound and solid foundation, President Mamnoon said it was ultimately the struggle and personal interest of the graduates towards learning present-day complexities in medicine and treatment procedures that would make them a trustworthy professionals in their relevant fields.
“I am confident that you would always uphold the good practices and ethics of your noble profession,” the president said and added “success shall always come your way if you are consistent with your pursuits and committed to your cause”. He also advised them to remember and follow the oath which they have taken for future professional career. The event was attended by the parents, faculty, students, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ata, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Kamran Jahangir and Shifa International Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Manzoorul Haq Qazi. 
He also appreciated the valuable contribution of late Dr Zaheer Ahmad and his team for establishing a world-class hospital in the name of Shifa International Hospital Islamabad, Tameer-e-Millat Foundation and Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University. The president congratulated the 11th graduating class of Shifa College of Medicine and the 7th graduating class of Shifa College of Nursing, and particularly those who earned gold and silver medals and other distinctions on their outstanding academic achievements.
President Mamnoon also stressed the need for promoting girls education, saying women have to play a pivotal role in guiding children to become useful citizens of society. He urged parents to pay special attention to the education of girls because an educated mother can ensure an educated generation. 

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