LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that young generation being the custodian of the future should spare no effort for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that the government was providing using all resources to polish talent of the students and to encourage the position holders in different examinations were being sent on study tours abroad, which has to also boost their self-confidence. He expressed these views at the departure of the students who obtained second position in Matric, FA, FSc, BA and BSc examinations on a study tour of Iran at the CM Secretariat here on Friday. Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Secretaries of Higher Education and Schools were also present on the occasion. Talking to the students, the Chief Minister said that under the Punjab government programme for the encouragement of brilliant students as many as 20 students who obtained top positions last year were sent to study tour of prestigious seats of learning of Britain and Germany and now second position-holders were being sent on a seven-day study tour of Iran. He said that though he and the members of his delegation pay the expenses of their foreign visits from their own pockets but the government was bearing the expenses on the visit of brilliant students and Rs 4 million had been allocated for their visit to Iran. He said that scholarships were being given to thousands of such talented students as were facing financial problems in pursuing their academic activities. He said that scholarships would be given to 20 outstanding students this year who were studying at LUMS and were facing problems in paying the fees. He said that awarding of scholarships to talented students studying at other leading educational institutions in private sector was also being considered. The CM further said that the nation had high expectations of its young generation, as it was custodian of the future of the country. He said that corruption had weakened the roots of the country and due to writing off loans of billion and trillions of rupees on political basis Pakistan had become a beggar nation. He said that there was need for transforming the country in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal and to become a proud nation. He advised the students to pursue their studies with national spirit and work tirelessly for changing the destiny of the country. He said that Iran had made remarkable progress in education sector and the students would personally observe this fact during their visit to the educational institutions of Tehran, Isfahan, Sheraz and Fardousi. He stressed upon students to represent their counties in a proper manner in Iran and try to learn maximum from their visit. The students paid rich tributes to the efforts of the Chief Minister for the uplift of education sector and encouragement of students and assured that they wouldve to be the ambassador of Pakistan in Iran in the real sense. Advisory council Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has constituted Chief Ministers Advisory Council for social sector development. Shahbaz Sharif will be the Chairman of the Council, while Haroon Khawaja will be its Secretary. Its members include Dr. Ejaz Nabi, Dr. Naveed Hamid, Eman Aslam, Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Dr. Ali Cheema, Shaukat Elahi, Nadeem Babar and Saad Ehsanuddin.