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    Quality education, science & technology imperative for sustainable economic growth, development: Ahsan Iqbal

    Quality education, science & technology imperative for sustainable economic growth, development: Ahsan Iqbal

    SWABI : Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Professor Ahsan Iqbal here Friday said that promotion of quality education, science and technology was imperative for sustainable economic growth and development of the country.

    Addressing the 10th International Science and Youth Symposium here at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) as a chief guest, the federal minister said the Government was committed to create enabling environment for the youth of Pakistan to get quality education and science and technology at their doorsteps.

     He said the Government has launched scores of education initiatives projects and scholarship programs to facilitate the youth enabling them to achieve their educational objectives and goals.

    Under Pak-US Knowledge Corridor, he said scholarships were being provided to the students of Pakistan to get quality education in the top universities of the world upto PhD.

    “Pakistan is like our mother and we need to work for its economic prosperity and devolopment as it had given us everything,” he said.

    He said that success and goals could be achieved through positive thinking, hard work and collaborated efforts rather hate, conflicts and prejudice.

    Ahsan Iqbal said that Muslims had ruled over the world because of education, research and science and technology and the example of great Muslims scientists such as Albureni and others are before of us.

    He said the country’s cannot achieve heights of economic success through mere slogans rather through continuity of economic policies,  tolerance and political stability.

    He said it was necessary to increase our exports from 32billion dollars to 100billion dollars to make Pakistan an exports led country and bring direct foreign investment through consistent policies.

    The Minister said the approach of business as usual would not work any  more as 21st century was the century of economy and we need to increase our exports and bolster economy to meet the requirements of the growing population.

    Ahsan Iqbal said performance of universities would be evaluated on the basis of quality research, innovations, social engagements with communities, academia-industries linkages, infrastructure, labs and graduates marketing capabilities under the Government 2025 Education Vision.

    He said during former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Government four years, 29 billion dollars investment came to Pakistan under CPEC and many devoloped and devoloping countries and companies had showed keen interest to invest in Pakistan.

    He said PMLN Government had wiped out terrorism and addressed the problem of energy crisis, adding 2000km long Motorways were constructed in the country and record increase in the country’s development and defence budgets were made. 

    He said that a record 11000MW electricity was added in the country during last four years Government of PMLN against only 18000MW generated between 1947-2013.

    As a result of Motorways networks, he said the distance between Quetta-Gawadar, Islamabad-Lahore and Peshawar besides other cities were significantly reduced due to enhanced roads connectivity, and that most of people now prefers to travel through motorways rather air services.

    However, the country’s has been pushed back to the past and the last five years of the nation were wasted.

    The Federal Minister said that Pakistan has been blessed with all kinds of resources including manpower and offer great opportunities in all fields for the youth to prove their abilities and skills. He said it was time for the youth and students to play proactive role for economic development of Pakistan.

    He said that Pakistan had given us everything things and it’s time to work tirelessly for its prosperity.(APP)

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