LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Punjab government had utilised unprecedented funds for the development of education sector and equipped the youth with the latest knowledge.

He said that young generation was a national asset and it would have to transform Pakistan in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said that no obstacle was too big if one was determined enough and the youth through their hard work and talent would have to make Pakistan a donor country instead of a bagger country.

 He said that there was a need to make ‘Zar Baba and Forty Thieves’ leave the country of corruption for achieving the goal of progress and prosperity. He said that Punjab government had given cash prizes of Rs 550 million to position-holder students of the whole country during the last five years He said continuation of the policies was essential for the continuity of educational process of millions of children of the nation. He said Punjab government was making strenuous efforts for people and welfare of the masses.

He was addressing Toppers Convention-2012 at Alhamra Cultural Complex.

Provincial ministers, assembly members, vice chancellors, heads of educational institutions, teachers, parents and a large number of students were present. The function was also attended by position-holders of Azad Kashimr, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad and all the four provinces.

Congratulating the position-holders, their parents and teachers, the CM said that he was very happy to attend this function arranged for their encouragement. He also welcomed the talented students from other provinces. He said that Punjab government had introduced revolutionary reforms in education sector. He said that instead of offering assistance, the federal government opposed Punjab government’s educational programme but it was still being continued.

Shabaz said that 125,000 laptops were distributed among talented students last year and this programme was continuing. He expressed the hope that among the recipients of laptops more than 10,000 IT experts would emerge who would play their role for ensuring a prominent place for Pakistan among developed nations and Pakistan would also become ‘Silicon Valley’ someday. He said that Punjab government was distributing free of cost solar lamps among boy and girl students at a cost of Rs4.5 billion to enable them continue their studies during power outages. He said that distribution of 250,000 solar lamps was a slap on the face of federal government which had pushed the nation into darkness.

The CM said that dictator Musharraf and his disciple former chief minister Ch. Pervaiz Elahi mercilessly looted national resources in the name of development projects.

On the occasion, the CM distributed cash prizes of more than Rs.110 million among the position-holder students and heads of educational institutions.