Capacity building of faculty is of high importance: Shafqat Mahmood

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Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that
capacity building of faculty is very important besides bringing curriculum at par with
international standards and requirements.

He said this while addressing the 83rd convocation of the Kinnard College for Women
University at the KCWU on Thursday. He said that revision of curriculum was essential so
that academia could ensure a real change to meet revolution in the education sector.

He said in present age quality and relevance of education were most important
elements, adding that the role of teachers was very crucial as their guidance was
of great importance for students.

The minister said that ‘Pakistan Research Day’ was observed for the first time on
February 19, adding that: “There is a need to make sure that research being
conducted is aimed at resolving the problems facing the country.”

The minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would not reduce
funds of the higher education, adding that Rs 5 billion had been allocated for
graduate scholarships.

Potential students should not face any problem in acquiring education due to
limited resources, he said and added all graduate students were now entering
a new life so they must follow their goals with firm determination.

He also stressed students to pursue their goals for bringing about betterment in their
lives besides making efforts to support others in different ways.

He said the constitution gave equal rights to all citizens, adding that problems could be removed through collective efforts.

Later, the KCWU principal gave a souvenir to the minister.

It is pertinent to mention here that 653 students were awarded degrees while 14
students received gold medals for their academic achievements.

KCWU Principal Prof Dr Rukhsana David and others also spoke.