Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has urged the public and private sector universities as well as business community to cope with illiteracy as well as lack of the quality education besides increasing the GDP of the country with their valuable research work for the national economy.

He was addressing the fourth convocation of GIFT University as chief guest. Mr Sarwar said that European universities were contributing valuable share to their economies with their research and inventions and this culture should be adopted in Pakistan as well. There is one-point consensus in the world that no nation can develop without education and its time to turn towards productive education to make the country prosperous.

“Our universities should transform the youth into positive, skilled and vibrant practical persons to serve not only the country but the global community,” he said.

Muhammad Anwar Dar, president of GIFT University, Rector Qaisar Shehryar Durrani and former Rector Dr Iqbal Zafar also addressed the gathering. Mr Dar and Mr Durrani shared their views regarding establishment of GIFT University and its services for the citizens.

Those won gold and silver medals included: Muhammad Ammar Khan Asif, Muhammad irfan, Shagufta Naveed, Ayesha Zafar Khan, Syeda Zahra Ikram, Shahid Ayub, Iqra Shabbir, Sadia Sattar, Faizan Javed, Aroosa Ijaz, Abu Bakar Mehmood, Noreen Pervez Butt, Aqsa Nisar, Kanza Jahangir, Ayesha Khalid, Fatima, Uzma Ijaz, Muhammad Ahmad and Tahseen Fatima.

The governor also visited Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and asked the businessmen community to focus on export-oriented manufacturing and play their role in strengthening the economy. He said, “Pakistan’s industrial sector can generate hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities,” he said. He asked the businessmen community to tap GSP Plus status which can enhance Pakistani exports to the European Union to more than 10 billion dollars.

Earlier, GCCI President Nuaman Salahuddin and Vice President Rehman addressed the meeting and talked about problems of the industrial and commerce sector of the city. The governor also visited Super Asia group and Siddiq Sadiq Trust Cardiac Hospital and hailed the services being provided to the poor patients on self-help basis.