LAHORE Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that keeping in view the financial grievances of flood affected areas student, the Punjab government has waived off tuition fee of 65 thousand students to the tune of Rs 300 million. He further stated that he would also recommend to the Chief Minister Punjab for the provision of fee concession in the favour of students of sub campuses of Education University at Multan and DG Khan. Government is trying its best to provide maximum relief to flood affectees for their rehabilitation, he added. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural session of 2nd International Conference on 'Realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through Teacher Education held here on Monday. University of Education (UoE) Vice-Chancellor Dr Munawar S Mirza and Chief Organizer of the Conference Dr Muzaffar Abbas and Dr Saeed Akhtar were also present in the conference being attended by more than 50 scholars from different national and international varsities. The Minister said that in 2000, the UN Millennium Summit introduced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set a specific timetable for the international community to achieve these goals. Since then the attainment of the MDGs was a subject that was very dear to the govt as it clearly realised that the MDGs were an integral part of a global cause; quality of life for all, he said and added, therefore, the government had attached great importance to the implementation of the MDGs and had incorporated these goals into the national development strategy and set a series of objectives for building a well-rounded society in Pakistan. The Minister said that the government was striving to support institutions and organisations working towards the achievements of the MDGs, but it was still a challenging task for countries like Pakistan to achieve these goals, since the economic growth was unevenly distributed and the problem of poverty was still prominent. Addressing on the occasion, UoE VC Dr Munawar S Mirza said that education was instrumental for human resource development. She said that dedicated teachers might play a pivotal role for eradication of poverty by performing in befitting manners. They could aware the people of significance of education and enhance the literacy rate by providing friendly environment to the students in their respective schools, she added.