Publication: Business Recorder
Date: January 34, 2014
Web Address: http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1146718/
Governor Punjab Muhammad Sarwar, while stressing the need for enrolling about seven million out of school children, has stated that the country can only be steered out of the prevailing challenges by providing quality education to the youth. Addressing at 13th convocation of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) held here on Thursday, Muhammad Sarwar said the country was faced with multiple challenges and only prioritising education could resolve all those issues.
“Ignorance has shaken the fabric of our society and only education can inculcate the core value of tolerance and bring peace in the country. The future of our country is in safe hands of youth who are making progress in various fields of life. FJWU has achieved a prominence place among the country’s known universities in a short span of 14 years,” Sarwar added.
Executive Director, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Mukhtar said on the occasion the university was striving hard to promote quality education among the girls and its role in grooming young ladies spoke volume of its commitment towards women empowerment. He said the access rate of higher education had increased today from 2.6 percent up-to eight percent in the year 2010, while the number of universities had been increased from 56 to 153.
He said the research publications had increased from 800 up to 9,000 in number which was reflective of tremendous success. Dr Mukhtar said still 92 students out of 100 had no access to higher education in the country which was still a challenge for us to cope with. FJWU Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Samina Amin Qadir said the FJWU had improved its position in HEC ranking from fifth to fourth position in medium-sized universities.
The students residing in the far-flung areas are studying in the university and the varsity has students from 89 district of the country. To cope with the space and security problems, she said “the university has been under expansion. We are in the process to build girls hostel building in the university premises to accommodate 700 students and it will be functional in near future.” She said the university was waiting for the release of promised allocation of Rs 220 million for construction of that facility. The university has initiated various programmes including M Phil programmes in Education and Counselling Psychology.
A university Counseling Centre had been established which would greatly help the students to resolve the issues and problem which they were facing at university as well in daily life, she said. As many as 1,491 students were awarded degrees on the occasion which include one PhD degree, 21 MPhil degrees, 1,087 master’s degrees and 382 bachelor’s degrees. Around 43 students received gold medal in their respective fields while 42 received silver medals.