Federal minister for Planning and Development announced that over 10,000 Pakistani scholars would be facilitated to secure admission in top US universities under Pak-US knowledge corridor.
He made the announcement during a meeting held at the Ministry of Planning and development. On this occasion Assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy Angela Aggeler along with US Ambassador David Hale were present as well.
Iqbal reinstated the fact that it is now time to move towards knowledge economy. Enrollment of Pakistani students in the best foreign educational institutes will benefit the country and enable the students to contribute towards country’s development process.
He expressed gratitude to US for the socio-economic cooperation and said that such moves will them to achieve agenda of Pakistan vision 2025. Imparting knowledge and quality education to its students will aid the government to fight a plethora of problems including poverty, social injustices and the menace of terrorism.
He acknowledged the contribution of the female population to the national economy and recognized them as a major force. Iqbal said the government is making diligent efforts to increase work opportunities for females and create suitable working conditions for women in all government offices.
In addition to these efforts Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council are also launching programs for young female entrepreneurs. A talent hunt task has also been assigned to the vice chancellors and deans of various universities, who will identify talent and groom them into professionals.
The recent efforts of the government to strengthen the educational foundation of the country is surely a glimmer of hope. In addition to these efforts the government also needs to find substantial job opportunities for the youth of Pakistan as unemployment remains a major issue.