LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the target of rapid development can only be achieved through promotion of education. He said that education is the only way to cope with the challenges like poverty, unemployment and ignorance faced by the country.

He expressed these views while talking to elected representatives, yesterday. He said that the Punjab government had adopted a solid policy to establish education sector on strong foundation in the province.

He said that a comprehensive programme of reforms is being implemented in education sector and revolutionary steps taken for the promotion of quality education and uplift of education sector are proving fruitful.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Voucher Scheme of Punjab Education Foundation, Daanish Schools, distribution of cash prizes among position-holder male and female students, foreign study tours, distribution of laptops on merit and other revolutionary steps are playing an important role in the promotion of education.

He said that all out resources are available to equip the builders of the nation with education and there will be no shortage of these resources. He said that state-of-the-art Daanish schools have been set up for equipping the children of the poorest families of far-flung areas with education. He said that free of cost books, uniform, boarding and lodging facilities have been provided to these children in these knowledge centers.

He said that Daanish schools are playing an important role in eliminating trends of extremism from the society and children of low-income families are getting education at par with children of the elite.

The chief minister said that educational scholarships of billions of rupees have been provided to male and female talented students through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund. He said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund is a harbinger of bright future of the country and through this unprecedented programme, male and female children of the nation are studying in local and foreign prestigious educational institutions.

He said that 1.5 lakh male and female students facing financial constraints will be getting education through this fund by June which is a record. He said that boy and girl students of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and other provinces have been included in educational programmes of Punjab, which has promoted national unity.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the role of Punjab Education Foundation is very important in spreading education and lakhs of children are studying under Voucher Scheme. He said that the PML-N government is marching forward expeditiously to achieve educational targets fixed under “Parho Punjab—Barho Punjab” programme.

He said that the target of enrollment of every child of the province will be achieved by 2018 through hard work, determination and passion. He said that Punjab government has also planned to set up a great knowledge park on a vast piece of land in Lahore for promoting higher and quality education. He said that knowledge park is the first and unique project of its kind in the history of the country.

The chief minister said that quality education will be promoted through setting up of renowned national and international educational institutions in knowledge park. He said that knowledge park to be built in Lahore will be the first of its kind in the region where all facilities will be available under one roof. 

He said that provision of resources for equipping the youth with education is a useful investment. He said that Punjab government has laid the foundation of a revolution in education sector by taking solid steps for the promotion of education and the steps of the government will leave a far-reaching impact on education sector.

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif took notice of the incident of death of a child due to Wasa pipe at Millat Park Shah Kamal Road and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the incident.

The chief minister directed the administration to provide best treatment facilities to injured brother of the deceased. He has sought a report from administration and Secretary Housing about the incident and ordered investigation in to the incident and action against the responsible of negligence.