MULTAN - Bahauddin Zakariya University Vice chancellor Dr Kh Alqama observed on Monday that no society could make economic and social progress without the acquisition of quality education.

Addressing the members Rotary Club, he stressed upon the government to put education at the top of its priority so that the goal of 100 per cent literacy rate could be achieved. He lamented that cut in higher education budget created major obstacle in the way of uplift of education sector. “Many countries of the world spend $ 66 billion on just educational research while Pakistan has allocated merely Rs5 million for the purpose.

He pointed out that Bahauddin Zakariya University was faced with serious financial crisis. “The varsity is not an autonomous institution. Therefore, it cannot generate funds, but on the other hand government is not ready to bear the expenses,” he lamented.

He said that the BZU could not develop a linkage with other varsities of the world on pattern of the institutions of developed countries did. “This linkage is vital for the promotion of knowledge, research and development,” he added.

He told the participants that all developed countries tasked their universities with finding out the solutions of problems being faced by them. “Their scholars apply latest research techniques and find out the solutions but unfortunately we don’t have this culture,” he regretted. He asked different sections of society to contact university and tell their problems.

CONCRETE EFFORTS URGED TO ELIMINATE DENGUE: Commissioner Multan division Muhammad Khurram Agha stressed upon the health officials on Monday to make all out efforts for the elimination of dengue mosquito from the division.

Addressing a meeting held here at his office to review arrangements for dengue elimination drive, he lauded the role and efforts of health officials against dengue. “It is because of their good strategy that no serious dengue incident took place in Multan. I hope that you’ll keep this passion up this year,” he added. He said that the chief minister Mian Shahbaz Shrif had awarded commendation certificates to the health officials showing good performance in dengue campaign. Late on, the Commissioner distributed certificates among 23 officers and workers.