Aug 03 - 09, 2009

With a view to providing high standard educational facilities in far-flung and backward areas of the province and removing disparity in education system, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led Punjab Government has initiated the project of Danish Schools in the province.

Educationists believe that Danish Schools project will remove disparity in education system and now talented students of these areas will avail quality education at their doorsteps. Religious education will also be imparted in Danish Schools side by side with scientific knowledge. Further, the revolutionary project of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is helping poor and talented students overcome financial problems and continue their academic activities.

Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing certificate distribution ceremony at the conclusion of Ideological Summer School arranged by Nazaria Pakistan Trust, has said that Pakistan was created on the basis of merit, justice, hard work and honesty but only disparities were promoted in the country and double standard were adopted in all sectors of life including education. He said that young generation is a precious asset and it is our collective responsibility to provide quality education and training to the youth so that it could play its due role for the progress and prosperity of the country as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Poet of the East Allama Iqbal.

According to him, the goal of progress and prosperity of the country cannot be achieved without elimination of ignorance and illiteracy. He said that only those nations have prospered which have given top priority to promotion of education. He said that the dream of Quaid-e-Azam and Poet of the East cannot be translated into reality without equipping the new generation with the latest knowledge.

He said that the Punjab government has adopted a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of quality education in the province and elimination of ignorance and all-out resources are being utilized for this purpose. He said that elite classes in Pakistan enjoy modern academic facilities but these are out of the reach of the children of the poor and this state of affair is against the ideals of the ancestors of the country. He said that in order to eliminate disparity in education system, the project of setting up of Danish Schools has been started from Southern Punjab and the students of these schools will have boarding and lodging as well as educational facilities at par with the prestigious educational institutions of the country like Aitcheson and Grammar School. He said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund has been set up first time in the history of the country for providing financial assistance to talented students of poor families to enable them continue their studies and this fund has been inspired by the dream of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal with regard to Pakistan.

He said that scholarships would be awarded to hundreds and thousands of talented students from the fund so that they could be able to continue their studies in prestigious educational institutions of the country as well as abroad. He said that modern computer labs are being set up in 4000 schools of the province for imparting latest knowledge to boy and girl students and services of reputed companies at international level have been acquired for this purpose. He said that students who have obtained top positions in examinations have not only been given cash prizes but will also be sent on a study tour of leading educational institutions and universities of world which have been alma mater of famous personalities so as to promote a spirit of hard work and self-confidence in them.

Chairman Nazaria Pakistan Trust and Editor Nawa-e-Waqt Majid Nizami while addressing the function lauded the steps taken by Chief Minister Punjab for the improvement of education sector as well as promotion of education in the province. He said that the project of Danish Schools is highly commendable, as it would result in provision of educational facilities of highest standard to the children of poor families. He said that young generation should fully benefit from latest education and serve the country as doctors, engineers, and scientists. He said that Chief Minister Punjab is extending all out cooperation to Nazaria Pakistan Trust for promoting awareness in the youth about the aims and objectives of Pakistan Ideology.

Moreover, the Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting with outgoing Malaysian Ambassador in Pakistan Ahmad Shahizan Abd Samad said that Punjab can benefit from Malaysian expertise in low-cost housing sector and Malaysia and Punjab can launch joint ventures in this sector.

The Chief Minister said that Malaysia is a brotherly Islamic country and there are deep-rooted friendly relations between Pakistan and Malaysia, which are strengthening with the passage of time. He said that Punjab is rich in natural resources and there is a wide scope of foreign investment in different sectors in the province. He said that Malaysia could invest in agriculture, livestock, infrastructure, and low-cost housing schemes. He said that Punjab government is taking revolutionary measures for the uplift of education sector and not only Punjab Educational Endowment Fund has been established but the position-holder students in different examinations have also been sent on a study tour of prestigious educational institutions abroad. He said that promotion of vocational education is essential for the progress and development of the country therefore, various courses of technical training are being arranged for male and female students in accordance with the market needs. He said that Malaysia has made remarkable progress in education sector and talented students of Punjab will be sent to Malaysia to observe this development. He said that infrastructure development is of vital importance for rapid progress, therefore, a number of roads, bridges, flyovers and underpasses are being constructed in Punjab. He said that besides construction of parking plazas in Liberty Market, ride and park project is also launched for improving traffic system as well as providing better facilities to the citizens. He said in addition to cementing bilateral relations, Malaysia and Pakistan should also take solid measures for economic cooperation. He paid rich tribute to the outgoing Malaysian Ambassador on his efforts for the promotion for bilateral ties and cooperation in different sectors between the two counties.

Malaysian Ambassador Ahmad Shahizan Abd Samad said that Malaysia and Pakistan are brotherly Islamic countries, which have longstanding fraternal relations. He said that Malaysia is extending cooperation in different sectors in Punjab while Malaysian investors take keen interest in investment in Punjab.

He said that a Malaysian delegation would soon visit Pakistan to explore prospects of investment and cooperation in different sectors in Punjab. He said that Malaysia is also extending all out assistance for the development of education, agriculture, and livestock sectors. He said that he would continue to play an active role for the promotion of bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries. He lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Punjab for the development of the province and welfare of the masses. He said that the strategy adopted for the uplift of education, health, infrastructure, and other sectors will yield far-reaching results. He assured that Malaysia would continue to extend cooperation for development of different sectors in Punjab. He said that he would always cherish the memories of his stay in Pakistan.