ISLAMABAD - After a thorough discussion on the annual report launched by Mahbubul Haq Development Centre, experts recommended strongly for sustainable development of the South Asia. A limited but selected audience participated in the seminar held here on Thursday in a local hotel. It was organised by Mahbubul Haq Development Institute to discuss the annual report of the institute titled;  'A ten year review of South Asia region'.   Experts from South Asian countries, while concluding their views, gave some strong recommendations to the respective governments to overcome the miseries and problems being faced by the masses of the region in the light of Annual Report, 2007 which was launched by Mahbubul Haq Institute the other day. Prof Aalia Khan, Head of Economics Department at Quaid-i-Azam University said that failure of growth process increased poverty level in the region. She noted that it was inability of  respective states,  which did not ensure the basic needs  of the masses of the region like food, education, health and freedom.  She emphasised, "we must have come up with very strong linkages between academia and bureaucracy." Dr Ishrat Hussain, former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, alarmed the audience that expansion in development gap was widening, especially in the rural areas of the region. "They feel that they have been deprived and the communication gap has made the situation worse", he stressed.  He deplored that the region depended on foreign aid, which was no longer solution of the problems. He suggested that we have to break the communication impediments in a way to contact with various factions of society to erase the sense of deprivation among the masses.   Mustafa K Mujeri, a Bangladesh-based economist threw light over the growth-poverty nexus of the region. He said that emphasis on poverty was insufficient. He added that an inequality in the region, especially in the rural areas, is yet to be eradicated. He recommended that there was need to identify how poverty reduction was possible and it must be ensured to provide the people of the region resources, education, training and equal opportunities. Dr Khadijaul Haq, President Mahbubul Haq Development Centre briefed the audience that she has been engaging the policy makers to see what were human beings needed and what policies were required to reduce the communication gap. Dr Shahid Saddiqui of Lahore School of Economics expressed that education leads to development. He said in our country, literacy rate is 55% but did not meet the requirements. "There is need to do something in education sector on emergency basis", he stressed. He observed every government jumps to change the curriculum, while quality and quantity at quantum base should be adopted first, he added. He remarked that desired goal of sustainable development is possible with empowering the teachers and conceptual and attitude change was must for the success. Emphasising the need of education, he noted that education was a highly social and political phenomenon. "Education should lead us to equality, individual freedom, transforming life, which could, in response, transform the society" he quoted.    Ms Nargis, a development practitioner, stressed over efficiency of resources utilization, minimizing the private sector, good governance and institutionalization in the region. Dr Anita Rampal, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University of India, said that functions and objections of the education should be much wider. She stressed that there was need to analyze the curriculum. She stressed that India and Pakistan, the two major players of the region, must sort out their tensions through dialogue and work together for the betterment of their masses. Tahira Abdullah, an educationist, stressed that the respective governments of the region should reconsider their education and foreign policies in such a way that culturally confused societies could be transformed towards objectives and unity.