The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah laid great stress on providing education to the youth. Pakistan is one of those fortunate nations, which are blessed with a large young population. Youth is an asset, which carves the future of its country. To build a strong nation, we require the right kind of architects and only young students are eligible for this job. Young minds are just like seeds, which grow according to the composition of soil in which they are sown. At the same time, the tender shoots are most susceptible to fall prey to parasites and disease. It depends on us that how we mould these brilliant young minds and utilize them for the betterment of the society. We can either provide them with a pen or let them wander in the valley of ignorance. John F Kennedy once said, 'do not ask what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country. Parents and teachers should inculcate a burning desire in students to do something for their country instead of urging them to become moneymaking machines. The need of the hour is to produce highly qualified and educated youngsters. At the same time, students should realize that they owe a lot to their country which gave them freedom. The vision of Quaid-i-Azam must not be confined to history books but should be turned into a reality. Sincere and persistent efforts are required for their implementation to make Pakistan one of the leading nations in the world. FAKIHA HASSAN RIZVI, Lahore, November 2.