Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
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Education only solution to increasing challenges: Imtiaz Gilani

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Islamabad: Engr. Imtiaz Gilani, Acting Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC), has said that education is the only solution to all the challenges being faced by Pakistan. He said that investment of resources for holistic development of education sector was imperative for a stable economy and a prosperous society.

He was addressing a media briefing session at HEC secretariat on Wednesday. On the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director HEC, shared how Government’s focus on higher education has paid dividends and elaborated Commission’s future strategy for further strengthening of the sector.

Mr. Gilani said that Vice Chancellors of the country have been continuously urging the Government to increase GDP ratio of education to four per cent. “Our children and youth have tremendous potential but if we do not give proper opportunities to learn and develop themselves, this asset will become a liability and the only way to tap it is the investment in education,” he said.

In his presentation, Dr. Mukhtar explained how higher education sector has not only developed rapidly but has also made its mark at the international level. “Though still we are far behind the developed world, but realization by successive governments to support higher education sector has set the pace for a speedy growth of our institutions of higher learning.”

He said that HEC has been ensuring that quality education is imparted in our universities, and faculty members and researchers are being encouraged to focus on research areas relevant to social and economic needs.

He informed the audience that enrolment in universities has increased considerably. He said that during the last decade HEC has offered over 4000 foreign scholarships and around 7000 local scholarships.

Dr. Mukhtar said that Scimago Research Output Forecast says that if the current focus of Pakistan on research continues, the country will cross Singapore in 2018. He also elaborated how HEC has funded universities for physical and technological infrastructure.
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