Govt accords priority to education sector: President
ISLAMABAD: President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has said that the government was committed to accord priority to the education sector. He said, educated and trained human resource was the real wealth of a nation. Institutions of higher learning and Universities played an important role in producing this national wealth, he added.
The President expressed these views during his meeting with the Association of Private Universities and Institutes of Pakistan (APUIP) in the Aiwan-e-Sadr on April 16, 2010.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Education Mr. Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, Secretary Education Mr. Imtiaz Hussain Kazi, President APUIP Dr Asim Hussain, SZABIST Islamabad Campus Head Mr. Syed Asad Hussain, Rector FAST Dr Aamir Muhammad, Vice Chancellor Hamdard University Dr Nasim Ahmed, Chancellor Iqra University Hunaid Lakhani, Chancellor KASBIT Arif Bokhari, President Indus Institute of Higher Education Muhammad Ahmed Amin, Executive Director CBM Talib Karim, Vice President APUIP Mr. Khalid Amin, Secretary General to the President Mr. Salman Faruqui, Secretary Planning and Development M. Ashraf Hayat and Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar were present during the meeting.
The President while appreciating the role played by the private sector in education said that the Government was encouraging the private sector so that it should be able to complement the public sector. It is reassuring that the private sector has also stepped forward and is playing a commendable role in producing quality graduates, he added.
The President said, "let us work together to give our children their basic right of education thus creating a promising future for them so that they could contribute towards socio-economic development of the country". President Zardari informed that efforts were also underway to improve education of science and engineering and develop a culture of need based research.
The President said the mission of both public and private sectors must be to impart and provide quality education for all. President APUIP Dr Asim Hussain briefed the President about the role as well as problems faced by the private sector in this area. The President assured the members that the Government would continue facilitating them in their professional pursuits and would continue to provide all possible assistance to them.