Islamabad - Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman has said that students should adopt the habit of book-reading as it will be helpful for life-long learning.

The Federal Minister was addressing the students of Sindh Madressatul Islam University, who are here on a study tour of Islamabad, at the auditorium of Pakistan Manpower Institute.

Baligh said that reading is vital for us because it teaches the difference between right and wrong.

He added that it is a blessing that youth comprises the largest segment of the country’s population because it is the young people who have the greatest potential. He urged the students to work hard and stay consistent.

The minister stressed that universities, apart from imparting education, must focus on the character building of the students. He said that the promotion of education is the top priority of the government.

Therefore, the government has increased funding for education sector. The Federal Minister said that the number of out-of-school children has dropped phenomenally in the country.

Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Director General Pakistan Manpower Institute, Ms. Khalida Gulnar was also present on the occasion.

Baligh Ur Rehman praised the efforts of Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU, for providing students a platform to explore important institutions of the country which could help them to develop various analytical, logical and communication skills.

Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman informed the delegation that teachings of the Holy Quran have been made part of the curriculum from nursery to intermediate level. 

The minister advised the students to abide by virtues of perseverance in face of trials and tribulations. He was also of the view that due to undemocratic regimes, democratic traditions could not hold the ground and the country suffered both economically and socially. He was hopeful that with the growing economic development in the country, unemployment and other issues will be resolved.

Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU said that the youth of today is without any direction, thus to reorient their path towards the loftiest objectives of morality, leadership and ethics, the National Leadership Program was conceived. He also informed the minister about the visits of the students of SMIU taken so for under the NLP.  Director General of Pakistan Manpower Institute Khalida Gulnar was also present on the occasion.