Islamabad, 15 July, 2023 (GNP): Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of the main campus of the National University of Technology in Islamabad on Friday.
In his address at the ceremony, he underscored the significance of promoting skilled and technical education, highlighting the crucial role of technology in the success of any country. The Prime Minister said that technical and skilled education, along with training, is a guarantee for the development and prosperity of the country, which should be our top priority.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed confidence that the skilled graduates from this university would not only secure dignified livelihoods but also enhance the country’s reputation globally, including in the Gulf States.
Furthermore, he urged the need to eliminate class discrimination, particularly in the education sector, aligning with the vision of Pakistan’s founder, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
The Prime Minister extended unwavering government support for the promotion of skilled and technical education, emphasizing its potential in producing skilled human capital that can help decrease the country’s trade deficit by generating remittances from abroad.
He shared his experience as Chief Minister, where he established a network of Danish Schools in Punjab, providing educational opportunities to deserving and underprivileged youth. Additionally, he disbursed billions of rupees in stipends to nearly half a million students.
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During the ceremony, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a grant of 100 million rupees and the provision of four air-conditioned buses for the university.
Earlier, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain, highlighted the practical steps that are being taken to equip the youth with skills necessary for earning dignified livelihoods. He urged the youth to pursue technical education as it is the need of the hour.
Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, shared that this year, skill development training would be provided to approximately one hundred thousand youth.
She emphasized that the government is prioritizing equipping the youth with fundamental technical skills and has allocated eighty billion rupees for youth empowerment across different sectors.
Moreover, she announced the introduction of two hundred E-Learning courses under the Learning Management System.