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Special attention being paid to increase literacy rate: CM

Special attention being paid to increase literacy rate: CM

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif claims special attention is being paid to increase literacy rate and improve standard of education in the province.

In a message in connection with International Literacy Day on Tuesday, the chief minister said only those nations progressed who paid due attention to the education sector, therefore, the Punjab government was attaching top priority to the promotion of education.

“Funds of billions of rupees have been provided to the education sector and target has been fixed to enrol every male and female child in the province by 2018,” he said.

Shahbaz claimed the Punjab government had made investment of billions of rupees in education sector during the last seven years.

“Daanish schools have been set up in backward areas of the province for providing quality education to the children of the poorest,” he added.

He further said the government had established the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund for the first time in the history of the country and the volume of this fund had reached Rs15 billion. He said more than 100,000 talented students were getting education in local and foreign educational institutions with the help of this fund and all units of the country had been included in this programme.

COUNCIL: The Punjab government on Tuesday formally launched the Punjab Non-Formal Education Council in connection with International Literacy Day.

The Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department launched the council in collaboration with donor agencies at a local hotel. Representatives of Unesco, Unicef and other international and local non-governmental organisations were present.

PU: Former servicemen said the army had an unprecedented passion for martyrdom during the 1965 war.

They were addressing a seminar jointly organised by the Punjab University (PU) and Pakistan National Forum at Al Raazi Hall here on Tuesday. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the seminar.

Former chief of naval staff retired Admiral Yastoorul Haq, retired Lt Gen Naseer Akhtar, former air chief retired Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhry, former corps commander retired Lt Gen Humayun Bangash, retired Air Vice Marshal Amjad Hussain, retired Col Ikramullah Khan and S.M. Zafar spoke on the occasion.

Heroes of the 1965 war shared moments from the battleground that made the participants emotional.

Dr Kamran said army chief General Raheel Sharif’s speech on Defence Day was the best speech according to current circumstances of the country.

GCU: Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the most important aspect of the institution was character building and personality development of its students through their participation in literary and co-curricular activities.

He was talking to a delegation of National School of Public Policy during their visit to the GCU here on Tuesday.

The VC said university teachers encouraged questioning, difference of opinion and argument, besides inculcating tolerance in students.

Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015

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