Kh Asif stresses need for quality education

APP25-11 SIALKOT: November 11 – Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif during laptops distribution ceremony at Government College Women University. APP Photo by Munir Butt

SIALKOT, Nov 11 (APP): Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has stressed the need for provision of the best quality education to the upcoming generations.
He was addressing the participants in the laptops distribution
ceremony, held at the Govt College for Women University (GCWU),
Sialkot, after inaugurating the newly established Admin Block and smart class room here Saturday.
He said that it was the prime obligation of everyone to help
secure educational future of students by opening doors of quality
education on them and providing them with maximum opportunities of
gaining knowledge.
He said that promotion of education was a must to make Pakistan
and the Pakistani nation the best in every sphere of life, and
enabling the country to stand in the comity of educationally developed nations.
The minister said that promotion of quality education is top
priority of the government. He said that students were the future
of the country and the government was providing them maximum facilities, and enabling them to serve the nation and the country in a better way.
The minister pledged an early and amicable solution to university’s
all problems and provision of missing facilities there.
On this occasion, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that the Commission had been playing a pivotal
role in promotion of quality education, knowledge and knowledge-based economy through ensuring access to quality higher education at local
The chairman said that the number of HEC recognised universities had increased to 188 with 1.4 million students studying in these universities. He said that the number of universities was only 59 in the country in
2002, and only 276,000 students were getting education there. He said
that female students were 42 per cent of the total 1.4 million students
now studying in all 188 HEC recognised universities across-the-country.
He said the annual budget of HEC had been increased to Rs 107 billion, as the Commission had been giving educational scholarships, both foreign and indigenous, to 251,000 students for getting the higher education.
He hailed the efforts and services of GCWU Sialkot for promotion of
higher education among the local students.
The foreign minister also distributed laptops among 40 brilliant students of the university in the third phase of Prime Minister’s
Laptop Scheme. As many as 481 laptops have been distributed among the brilliant students of GCWU under the PM’s Laptops Scheme until now.
Chairman Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab Dr Nizamuddin,
Vice Chancellor Govt College Women University (GCWU) Sialkot Dr Farhat Saleemi, Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Naila Khan, MNA Sahibazada Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah, MPAs Chaudhry Muhammad Ikram,
Rana Muhaamad Afzal, Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Mohsin Ashraf, Chaudhry
Arshad Javed Warraich, Mrs Gull Naz Pasha, Mayor Sialkot Municipal Corporation Chaudhry Tauheed Akhtar, Deputy Mayor Chaudhry Bashir, Chairperson Sialkot District Council Hina Arshad Warraich, Shujaat Ali Pasha, general secretary PML-N Sialkot district, PML-N leaders Mian
Ashfaq, Baber Khan, Aurang Zaib, Muhaamad Rafique Mughal, Muhammad Farooq Ghumman, president PML-N Youth Wing Gujranwala division, and President PML-N Women Wing Sialkot Nusrat Jamshaid Malik and others were also present on this occasion.