MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that we must invest all our resources in establishing a knowledge based economy for the prosperity of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan.
The President made these remarks while addressing students and faculty members at the 15th Convocation ceremony of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir University here at Muzaffarabad.
As Chancellor of Public Sector Universities in AJK, the President congratulated the students, faculty and proud parents of the successful graduates on the successful completion of their studies.
The President said that the common denominator that differentiates between a developed and a non-developed nation is education and the present Government is focused on providing quality education to all its citizens. We have made considerable efforts in this regard and soon tertiary education facilities will be available in every district of Azad Kashmir.
President Masood Khan said that to excel in this competitive world we need to uphold the highest standards of merit. He said that merit based appointments and admission will not only be insured in Universities but also for employment in the public sector. “Upholding merit will insure placement of efficient and capable candidates who will effectively contribute to the prosperity of Azad Kashmir”, said President AJK. The President told the participants that an economic revolution is unfolding in Azad Kashmir, especially with the formal inclusion of this region in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Under CPEC, said the President, 4 major projects have been earmarked for AJK; which include Kohala, Korat Hydro Power Projects, Mansehra to Mirpur Expressway and a Special Economic Zone in Mirpur. He further said that we need to sharpen our skills and update our higher education curricula in order to fully exploit the potential job opportunities CPEC will provide in the coming years.
On the occasion President AJK also awarded gold medals and shields to position holders from various departments. The ceremony was attended by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, university management, senior members of the AJK bureaucracy, faculty members and a large number of students and their parents.