Lahore: Governor Punjab, Ch. Muhammad Sarwar has issued a directive to Vice Chancellors and Rectors of all government and private universities of the province under which all universities will be bound to provide clean drinking water to all their students, faculty members and lower staff.
Addressing the 9th Convocation of University of Management and Technology Lahore, today, Governor Punjab told that Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has allocated an amount of Rs.10 billion for installing water filtration plants at important places of all cities including educational institutions throughout the province. He said it is ironical that potable water is not available to our community.
Ch.Muhammad Sarwar said that provision of clean drinking water to the people at a large scale has become essential. He said that as a Governor, he will motivate private sector, well-to-do people, welfare organizations and oversees Pakistanis to share this noble cause. He said that oversees Pakistanis are an asset for the country as they send foreign exchange of 15 billion dollars annually.
Ch. Sarwar told that after approval of the bill for giving GSP Positive Status to Pakistan on December 11, by 28 European Union Countries, the export volume of Pakistan will increase to two billion dollars annually to these countries. The Governor while congratulating the male and female students who graduated in various modern disciplines from UMT advised them to work hard so that country could be put on the road to progress and prosperity.
Earlier, Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan while addressing the convocation as a chief guest, said that PML-N government under the sagacious leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is working round the clock for resolving the problems created by former rulers during the last 11 years. He claimed that the target of enrollment of 75 lakh children in the schools in Punjab has been achieved by October 31 under emergency school enrollment campaign.
Rector UMT Dr.Hassan Sohaib Murad, former British Minister Shahid Malik and Country Director of British Organization Muslim Aid Khubaib Wahdi participated in the convocation. First Muslim Member of European Union Dr. Sajjad Karim was awarded honorary PhD degree in international trade in recognition to his invaluable services for Pakistan whereas male and female students who did graduation, master and doctorate in various modern disciplines were awarded degrees and medals.