Progress in the field of education is real investment: President

F.P. Report

Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that progress and expansion in the field of education is the real investment which results in the sustainable development of the nations. Aga Khan Foundation and university have played a valuable role in this regard, he added.

The President said this while talking to a delegation of Aga Khan University (AKU) headed by its President Firoz Rasul who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday. On this occasion, the President was also briefed about the Aga Khan University.

The President stated that AKU is rendering commendable services in the education sector. As a result specialists in different walks of life will be produced in the next few years which will accelerate the pace of national development and will also be raised the living standards of the people, he said.

Vice President of AKU Al-Karim Haji, President  Ismaili National Council Pakistan, Hafiz Sher Ali and senior officials of the President’s Secretariat were also present during the meeting.

Furthermore President the Aga Khan University Firoz Rasul called on Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Wednesday.

The Federal Minister welcomed the President Aga Khan University and matters related to education were discussed during the meeting.

During the meeting, Firoz Rasul shared with Federal Minister results of a study on the Aga Khan University’s Economic Impact in Pakistan.

Firoz Rasul said that Aga Khan University commissioned the Centennial International from Washington DC to undertake Economic Study of its activities and inputs in Pakistan.

The President Aga Khan University told that this study examines not only the gross value add created by AKU and the number of jobs that AKU supports , but more importantly, the significant public benefits in Pakistan.

Federal Minister Baligh Ur Rehman appreciated the Aga Khan University and said that it is very authentic study. He said that universities can play greater role and provide key contribution to economy.

He said that the promotion of education is the priority of the government. He said that every year government increased funding for education sector.

The Federal Minister noted that number of out of school children has phenomenally dropped in the country.

Emphasis the need of linkages between academia and Industry, the Federal Minister said that academia-industry linkage is vital for the economic development.