Govt work­ing to spread knowl­edge econ­omy: Ah­san

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment & Re­form Ah­san Iqbal said that present govern­ment is work­ing hard to lay strong foun­da­tion of knowl­edge econ­omy. For this pur­pose, the bud­get of Higher Education Com­mis­sion (HEC) has been jacked up to Rs.78 bil­lion from Rs.48 bil­lion in two years.

Ah­san Iqbal stated this while ad­dress­ing Pak­istani stu­dents at Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia in Philadel­phia USA. Min­is­ter Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment said that fed­eral govern­ment is fully com­mit­ted to pro­mote higher education in the coun­try through its im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity to peo­ple in far-flung ar­eas of the coun­try. In this re­gard, univer­sity cam­puses would be set up at all dis­tricts of the coun­try.

He noted that we have been lag­ging be­hind in the world by ig­nor­ing sci­ence & tech­nol­ogy, which should be fo­cused greatly to sur­vive in present eco­nomic-ide­o­log­i­cal era. "We have to fol­low agenda based on hard work, qual­ity and com­mand on tech­nol­ogy to move for­ward in to­day's com­pet­i­tive world", he stated.

Ah­san Iqbal also spoke on key projects - PakUS Knowl­edge Cor­ri­dor and China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) - and be­lieved that th­ese projects would take coun­try to new heights in com­ing years. Min­is­ter de­scribed Pak­istan an "emerg­ing suc­cess story". How­ever, some el­e­ments in pol­i­tics and me­dia al­ways por­tray a gloomy pic­ture of the coun­try. "We need to in­fuse pos­i­tiv­ity in the na­tion that is the panacea to over­come all prob­lems, he as­serted. He called upon Pak­istani stu­dents, study­ing abroad to con­trib­ute in coun­try's de­vel­op­ment by re­turn­ing to the home­land once they com­plete their stud­ies.

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