Shafqat Mahmood stresses need for uniform education system
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood has said that promotion of education and dispensation of justice are the significant elements for development of the society.
Addressing a conference titled “Reclaiming Pakistaniat” jointly organized IIUI and Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS) at Faisal Masjid campus of the university in Islamabad Thursday, he said improving the literacy rate is the biggest challenge for the government and we are full committed in this regard.
Describing illiteracy as a bigger challenge prevailing in the country, Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood said that government is working to bring a well devised educational plan to deal with the issue of illiteracy on war footings and a uniformed educational curriculum will be introduced.
“Prevailing disparity in various educational systems is causing inequalities and dividing mind which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government will discourage” said Federal Minister addressing a conference on “Reclaiming Pakistaniyat” jointly organized IIUI and Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS) at Faisal Masjid campus of the university.
He told that the govt is working to end disparity in the educational systems of country. He added that illiteracy figures in the country are disappointing, while situation further deteriorated as the counting came at 58% from 60%. Talking about the challenges of nation, the Minister said that in previous decades country faced challenges of terrorism and injustice which remained as leading hinders in the progress.
“Pakistan is coming back on track after dealing with internal subversions and offering numerous sacrifices for the peace of land and region” he maintained. The minister said that love for country was leading attribute of nation and this legacy of patriotism, enthusiasm was unique. Shafqat Mehmood furthered that Pakistaniat is the name of sharing happiness and grieves unconditionally.
Talking about Pakistan’s effort for peace, he told that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan. He also condemned brutalities of Indian Forces in Occupied Kashmir and said that India was violating human rights and sabotaging the peace process in the region.
Addressing the event, Chairman Centre for Global and Strategic Studies Lt. Gen (R) Zaheer ul Islam thanked the minister for joining the event and appreciated IIUI for a constructive collaboration with the center. He vowed to keep arranging such activities to promote Pakitaniyat and patriotism in the country.
Dr. Masom Yasinzai, IIUI rector said 56% youth is a precious asset of country who must be introduced to entrepreneurship and advancements in the new technology. Addressing the Youth, Dr. Masoom said that “Do not get exploited, negative elements are selling the negative narrative, you need to save your energies and remain committed to your land and religion” . He furthered that 190 varsities in the country are the vital place to address societal issues and involve youth in nation building.
He apprised that Paigham e Pakistan’s narrative of IIUI has now reached in UN and the world has appreciated this peace narrative of the nation. He also stressed upon equal opportunities to women saying that they have imperative role country development.
Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI is keen to serve Muslim world. He added that universities would have to come forward to make youth focused on constructive points. Dr. Al-Draiweesh maintained that literacy and progress of nation are hand to mingle and both must be top priorities to avoid future problems. He opined that youth have power of changing the fate of nation. IIUI President called for Muslim unison and to devise well devised policy to deal with contemporary challenges.
Speakers also addressed on the topics including rising nationalism in Pakistan as a tool of public administration, economic situation in Pakistan, the crisis of nation building in Pakistan , two nation theory and protecting human rights.