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GIFT University Gujranwala annual workshop sparks dialogue on regional challenges and solutions

Gujranwala, 20 January, 2024 (GNP): GIFT University Gujranwala recently hosted its Annual Workshop, providing a platform for an in-depth discussion on the challenges faced by the Gujranwala Division, known for its significant contributions to the national economy as the largest rice-growing land and a center for various industries.

The workshop, held on January 17, 2024, brought together local and national experts, who engaged with a large number of students to explore the pressing issues affecting the region.

Participants expressed concerns about the lack of basic civic facilities in Gujranwala, highlighting the failure of politicians to address the problems faced by the common man. The workshop’s first session focused on local issues, elections, and potential solutions.

Keynote speaker Agha Iqrar Haroon, a research journalist, and political analyst emphasized the vital role of public awareness and community involvement in addressing societal challenges. Dr. Javed Iqbal, Chief Executive of Dunya News Gujranwala, underscored the importance of promoting and documenting the local language, Punjabi, as a carrier of rich cultural heritage and identity.

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Addressing health and climate change concerns, Dr. Sarfraz, CEO, and founder of Al Shifa Future Hospital, called for self-assessment as a means of resolving health issues. The discussions also focused on finding sustainable solutions to protect the environment and promote public health.

Dr. Hafiz M. Abubakar, Assistant Professor at the Department of Business and Commerce, GIFT University, highlighted major economic concerns, emphasizing the need to register businesses to ensure the rights of laborers. He expressed worries about rapid urbanization leading to a decrease in the production of white rice, impacting the country’s food security.

Dr. Abubakar also discussed the importance of promoting vocational education to address unemployment issues. GIFT University has initiated an “Entrepreneurship” program to provide students with practical experience in business development, marketing, and finance.

Agha Iqrar Haroon pointed out a decline in the demand for Pakistani nurses in the Gulf due to a lack of specialization. He emphasized the need for vocational training to meet global standards.

During the interactive session, students raised concerns about the establishment of an agricultural university, the need for a public transport system, and infrastructure improvements such as the construction of an overhead bridge in front of GIFT University.