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Punjab government to set up “Knowledge Park”

Minister Education & Housing 27-3-14Lahore: Punjab government has decided to hold “Road Show” for giving practical shape to set up “Knowledge Park” to facilitate higher education in Pakistan. The delegations from 31 prominent universities of developed countries have expressed their willingness to participate in this Road Show.

This was disclosed by Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan while addressing the technical session of 3-day conference at GCU Lahore today. He said that zest for knowledge should continue to explore new avenues of education. The Minister said that the purpose of scientific research is not to invent new machinery but to seek knowledge and the struggle to promote knowledge never go waste.

Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said during previous era, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had set up a high-powered committee of vice chancellors and senior experts, headed by Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa so that the standard of higher education could be brought at par with the international standard but due to negligence of bureaucracy during interim regime, this plan had been hijacked. He said that now Chief Minister Punjab wants to complete this plan through educationists instead of bureaucrats.

The Minister said that the masses have expressed their confidence in the leadership of PML-N by supporting 86 candidates in Punjab. He said that the recommendations of the experts in three days’ conference will be implemented in letter and spirit.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran gave detailed briefing regarding performance of Punjab University. Vice Chancellor University of Engineering & Technology, Lt. Gen Retd Muhammad Akram Khan emphasized upon the need for partnership between colleges and universities which will help development of Pakistani economy. It was agreed upon in the inaugural session of the conference that higher education will be promoted as Vehicle of Technology Driven Economic Development for which an action plan will be evolved during the next three days.

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