ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday underlined
the need for increasing the education budget to 4 per cent of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) to raise national literacy rate (Education News).
moreover, the President was talking to Minister of State for Federal Education
and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Makhdoom Adeel-ur-Rehman, Coordinator Prime Minister’s Youth
Programme was also present in the meeting.
The President also stressed upon public-private partnership, which is a
non-formal model, to supplement public sector efforts in the
education field to spread quality education across the country.
Furthermore, he also said that a viable strategy needs to be evolved by Higher Education
Commission to meet the challenges posed by the youth bulge in Pakistan
and emphasized on the need to promote volunteerism in educational
institutions to encourage services in social sector.
The President also commended Minister of State for Federal Education and
Professional Training for his personal interest in preparation of national
educational curriculum and legislation to also make Quranic teachings
part of curriculum.
He also appreciated the Fee Reimbursement Scheme for deserving students
under Prime Minister’s Youth Programme and further said that such initiatives
will not only encourage needy students to pursue their educational
careers but also promote education in the country.
The President asked the Minister to expedite implementation of educational
programmes for tangible results and assured of his full support and
cooperation in this regard.
He further called for removing all illegal encroachments on Quaid-e-Azam
University’s land so that the university campus can be effectively
used for educational purposes.
The Minister of State briefed the President about various educational
initiatives of the government for quality human resource development
and about matters relating to his Ministry.