Education key to help resolve national issues, give better future to young generation: President

ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday said that despite numerous challenges confronting Pakistan, education remained one of the main contributing factors to help resolve national issues and give a better future to young generation. Speaking at the 8th convocation of Riphah International University here, the President said that it is a matter of great satisfaction to note that the democratic Government is fully committed towards the cause of education in the country and is undertaking all possible measures to make education affordable and accessible to all people of the country. “The promotion of education has been a key priority of the present government and my presence here signifies commitment of the Government towards education. It also reflects my own passion and interest in this noble cause,” he added.
The President said he has no doubt that Pakistan is a nation of talented people where majority of the population comprises of youth, adding that over 60 percent of the population is between 17-25 years old, which indeed is a rich human resource.
He said that the country’s youth have the required potential and capability to bring about constructive change in the society and added that this great potential needs to be channelized and tapped in a proper manner.
He said that the youth should be groomed in such a way so that they could become the most productive asset for the society and this is only possible through quality education.
The President said the 21st century is a century of knowledge and innovation and it requires a creative problem solving approach, adding that the universities and institutes of higher learning therefore need to become the hub of generating innovative ideas and inventions.
In the context of higher education, he said, the Government’s priority is to promote research culture, with focus on capacity building to produce community of individuals who can effectively contribute to Pakistan’s economic, political and social development.
President Mamnoon said that within a decade of its existence, Riphah International University has established its campuses in applied sciences within and outside Pakistan.
He appreciated the hard work and leadership of Maj. Gen. (Retd) MuhammadZulfiqar Ali Khan, the Founder Chancellor, Hassan Muhammad Khan, Pro-Chancellor and Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, the founder Vice Chancellor, the management team, the faculty and staff who are totally committed to the cause of knowledge and education.
Congratulating the graduating students, the President urged them to establish their credentials by virtue of their discipline, professional competence, honesty and integrity.
The President concluded his speech by quoting Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s saying, “You must concentrate on gaining knowledge and education. It is your foremost responsibility.  Political awareness of the era is also part of your education.  You must be aware of international events and environment. Education is a matter of life and death for our country.”
Earlier, the President awarded a honourary Ph.D degree to Dr.  Ahmed Rashid BeeBeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy and Public Utilities, Republic of Mauritius and a Ph.D degree to Salim Ahmed Khan.
The President also awarded degrees and gold medals to the graduating students in various disciplines.
The ceremony was also attended by Maj. Gen. ® Muhammad  Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Chancellor,Hassan Muhammad Khan, Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Dr.Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, members of the Board of Governors and Academic Council. (Courtesy: APP)