Masood seeks knowledge-based economy

MIRPUR (AJK) – AJK President Sardar Masood Khan stressed a need for utilising all the resources for establishing a knowledge-based economy to ensure prosperity in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

The president made these remarks while addressing the students and faculty members at the 15th Convocation of the state-run Azad Jammu & Kashmir University on Wednesday.

He congratulated the students, faculty and proud parents of the successful graduates on the completion of their studies. He said, “The common denominator that differentiates between a developed and a non-developed nation is education and the present government is focused on providing quality education to all its citizens. We have made considerable efforts in this regard and soon tertiary education facilities will be available in every district of Azad Kashmir.”

He said, “To excel in the world, we need to uphold the high standards of merit. Merit-based appointments and admission will not only be insured in universities but also the public sector departments. Upholding merit will insure placement of efficient and capable candidates who will effectively contribute to the prosperity of Azad Kashmir.”

The president told the participants that an economic revolution is unfolding in Azad Kashmir, especially with the formal inclusion of the region in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Under CPEC, he said, four major projects have been earmarked for AJK; which include Kohala, Korat Hydropower projects, Mansehra to Mirpur Expressway and a Special Economic Zone in Mirpur. He further said, “We need to sharpen our skills and update our higher education curricula in order to fully exploit the potential job opportunities CPEC will provide in the coming years.

He urged the students to aspire for academic excellence, research and innovation. “We will focus on establishing collaboration with international universities and help provide global exposure to our student and faculty members,” he said.

He said the AJK University is the mother institution of higher education in Azad Kashmir and has facilitated the establishment of various other public sector universities in the region. He also congratulated the management and students of the university on the successful approval of all ongoing M Phil. and PhD programmes by the Quality Assurance Agency.

He said that work on the AJK University Chattar Klass campus shall begin soon and will be completed in accordance with the international standards. The campus, he said, will be a state-of-the-art campus and will provide affordable modern educational facilities for the masses.

He advised the students, “With the advent of social media and modern communication techniques, we have become global citizens and we must connect with our peers around the world.” He urged the students that in their respective capacities, they must passionately advocate the sufferings faced by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris, he said, are brutally murdered, maimed, tortured and incarcerated on a daily basis. Azad Kashmir is the base camp for the freedom struggle and we must dedicate ourselves for this just and noble cause, he said.

“We the Kashmiris are not begging for freedom but are demanding our just right to self-determination as promised under the resolutions of the United Nations,” he said, adding that the word human right violations are only a euphemism as India is committing war crimes and genocide in IOK.

On the occasion, he awarded gold medals and shields to position holders from various departments. The ceremony was attended by Vice Chancellor Dr Kaleem Abbasi, university management, senior members of the AJK bureaucracy, faculty members and a large number of students and their parents.





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