Lahore:Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that education is only means to salvage the nation from poverty, deprivations and darkness. He said that menace of terrorism can also be countered through education as knowledge is more powerful than bullet. Keeping in view the importance of education, he said, the Punjab government is attaching top priority to the promotion of education in the province and has taken revolutionary measures for this purpose.
He was talking to prominent singer Shahzad Roy at his tent office Minar-e-Pakistan, here today. Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Secretaries Higher Education, Schools, Information, Excise, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Vice Chairman Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Mehnaz Aziz of Children Global Network and Sameen Shahid of Mir Khalil ur Rehman Foundation were also present on the occasion. Shahzad Roy informed about private TV channel’s programme ‘Zara Sochiyea’, ‘Mein aur Wasu’ and the future show while executive producer of the private TV channel Suleman informed about the educational campaign of his institution.
Appreciating the educational project of the institution, the Chief Minister assured that all out cooperation will be extended to the project. He said that the dream of progress and development cannot be realized without promotion of education. He said that the negative customs and traditions found in the society are also a result of ignorance and illiteracy. He said that though no criticism is made against Atchison, Grammar and Cadet College for the rich but Daanish schools for the provision of quality education to the children of the poor are criticized. He said that Daanish schools have been established in backward areas to bridge the gulf between the rich and the poor. He said that a platform has been provided to the youth to display their talent through the announcement of youth policy while self-employment scheme and internship programme are also aimed at betterment of the youth. He said that distribution of laptops among brilliant students is an important step towards establishment of E-society. He said that 1,25000 more laptops will be given to the students next year. He said that it was difficult to monitor education system from Lahore therefore district education authorities are being set up which will help provide academic facilities in schools. He said that Punjab government has also allocated 10 % quota for the poor children in the expensive private and public sector schools which is a revolutionary decision.
Prominent singer Shahzad Roy and members of private TV channel appreciated the steps taken by Punjab government for the uplift of education sector. They said that Chief Minister Punjab has an efficient team which is fully active for the development of education sector.