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Literate society guarantees democracy's survival: Gilani
 
 
 

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said that government was utilizing all possible resources for education because a literate society guarantees the survival of the democratic system. He was addressing the 11th convocation of the University of Central Punjab (UCP) here at Expo Centre. Acting Punjab Governor Rana Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Punjab Group of Colleges Chairman Mian Aamir Mahmood, UCP Pro-Rector Dr Muhammad Zafarullah, deans of departments, faculty members, graduating students and their parents attended the event. The prime minister said, "Educated societies, in the modern era, have predominantly endorsed the democratic form of government against any other.I believe that democracy is the best system of governance for multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and pluralistic societies such as Pakistan's, as it encourages participatory arrangements and accommodates opposite views. Both education and democracy are integral to each other as it allows people space for making informed and intelligent choices. Governments come and go but the system must stay intact for the larger good of state and society." The prime minister citied the Quaid-i-Azam's quote: "Pakistan is proud of its youth, particularly students, who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves with discipline, education and training for the arduous task lying ahead." Gilani said that promotion of education had been a mission of his forefathers, who always took keen interest in the socio-economic and educational development of people of southern Punjab. "My father played a leading role in the establishment of Anjman-e-Islamia Multan along with his brothers. Some educational achievements of Anjman-e-Islamia. Multan include Gilani Law College, Walayiat Hussain Islamia College, Alamdar Hussain College, Ghulam Mustafa Shah Girls College, Shaukat Hussain KG School, Islamia High School Harm Gate, Islamia High School Aam Khaas Bagh, Islamia High School Daulat Gate and Raza Shah Public School." He said that due to his family tradition, it had been his passionate commitment to visit as many educational institutions and universities as possible during his four years in office. "I believe that communicating with the student community and youths at large is not only meant to acknowledge their talent and achievements but also to encourage them to take an active part in national life," he said. The prime minister said that education is not only a means for socio-economic development of a nation but also plays a key role in reforming the individual and collective behaviour of people. "Knowledge and wisdom make a man richer, by adding value to one's intangible assets, than any other form of wealth does. The value of intangible assets is much more than the value of one's tangible assets," he cited a quote.

 
 
 
 
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