KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday stressed the need for broad-based, multi-disciplinary education to meet the challenges facing the country.

Speaking as chief guest at the Aga Khan University (AKU) 29th convocation, he said, “We need natural scientists and social scientists, writers and artists, entrepreneurs and public policy experts who can work across boundaries of all kinds in order to start and lead progress in a wide range of fields”.

Praising the AKU plans to invest in the new Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in Karachi, he spoke of the social contribution that a liberal arts education could make. “The FAS will produce leaders who possess critical thinking, creativity, problem solving skills, an inquiring mind, breadth of knowledge and respect for all people that is needed to tackle the most complex challenges the country is facing today. This is the mission of the FAS and the government of Sindh encourages the AKU to make this a reality.”

The chief minister also spoke of the “unyielding power” of the education and urged the graduates to use their skills to address many issues in the Pakistani society. “Be conscious of that power and use it to give the best to humanity,” he added.

AKU President Firoz Rasul, in his welcome address, spoke about “how we, as human beings, seek a higher purpose, a challenge that brings meaning to our lives, and that leaves a mark on the lives of others.” He mentioned that one big challenge was achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which 193 countries, including Pakistan, had committed to meet by 2030.

“If Pakistan were to meet them, it will become a country where no child suffers from hunger, every boy and girl is taught by well-qualified teachers and all people have access to high quality healthcare. At AKU, we are working to make that vision a reality, as an educator of leaders, a source of research that gives solutions for critical challenges and a provider of lifesaving healthcare”, Rasul stated.

Later, Aziza Jaffer Ali received the 2016 Best Graduate Award from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She was also presented with the Nursing Practice Award, which is given to the students whose clinical and community practice reflects a client-centred approach, distinctive critical thinking, problem solving abilities and ethical decision making.

The Medical College-2016 Best Graduate Award was presented to Dr Saneeha Shahid for the highest aggregate score in the certifying examinations through the five-year MBBS degree programme.

British envoy pledges support to Sindh govt’s peace efforts

British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew has said that his country wants to strengthen bilateral relations with Pakistan, says a statement issued by the British Deputy High Commission here on Saturday.

According to the statement, the high commissioner visited Karachi on Friday and held an introductory meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. He assured the chief minister that his country was committed to supporting provincial government’s efforts for peace and prosperity in Sindh. He said that his country wanted to strengthen bilateral relations with Pakistan and work with the business community of Karachi to build a relationship based on partnership, trust and shared understanding. He spoke of the enormous potential in Karachi, the world's sixth largest city.

During his visit to Karachi, the high commissioner also met a number of Sindh-based political leaders and members of the business community. He visited the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture where he met the student body and saw an art exhibition at the school gallery.

Drew also attended the Enterprise Challenge Pakistan National Finals and awards ceremony, an initiative of the Prince's Trust International (The Prince of Wales' youth charity) and SEED Ventures at the British Deputy High Commission.

The British high commissioner presented awards to the Challenge finalists and commended Prince's Trust International and SEED Ventures for introducing this innovative and exciting entrepreneurship programme in Pakistan.


He expressed the hope that such initiatives would play a part in helping the youth of Pakistan carve out a better and more prosperous tomorrow for the country.