Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that education is the only way of respectable survival and for being educated, strong moral characteristics are required.
He was addressing the launching ceremony of book titled “Education in Pakistan: Developmental Milestones” by Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, held in the Institute of Education and Research (IER). Provincial Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Anwar, Chief Editor Daily Pakistan Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami, former VC University of Education Dr Ghulam Mustafa Habib Ullah, former MD PEF Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, former PU VC Prof Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh, renowned educationist Dr Shahid Siddiqui, founder Akhuwat Foundation Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib and others also addressed on the occasion.
VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said the nation could not be educated who have the evils of double standards and lies and floods and diseases were their fate. Our leadership will have to realize the importance of education for resolving all issues. He said 1.5 billion Muslims have bounded the religion only to few traditions and customs.
“Muslims around the world owns 70 percent resource but were not united,” he added saying the book of Dr Hafiz Iqbal was a record of figures on education over the last 63 years and one came to know what had been done with education in the country. He said the nation was full of potential but lacked discipline. “Students are talented but teachers are found busy only in enhancing their grades and talking against each others,” he added. He said there was a huge responsibility on teachers in the present era.
Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said education policy was changed again and again whereas amending management could make the things better. The book reveals the ups and downs in education sector of 63 years and Dr Hafiz Iqbal is the personality who wants to raise the standard of education, he added. He said students could also get benefit from the book. Dr Iqbal had covered all areas of education including curriculum, primary and higher education in his book, which is an appreciable thing. He said every government, during last 63 years, brought his reforms but our leader Mian Shahbaz Sharif had the will to educate every child. Education reforms were a new start during last three years.
The Punjab government had also played positive role in Higher Education Commission issue. “As sum of Rs 4 billion and Rs 2 billion were respectively allocated for missing facilities and upgradation of government schools and we are trying to resolve all the issues one by one. Private schools also adopted the syllabus of Punjab Textbook Board and public-private partnership was promoted through Punjab Education Foundation,” he added. Danish School is a state-of-the-art school and Punjab government proved that public sector schools can also provide education of Aitcheson level to poor students.
Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said unfortunately English was considered as hurdle whereas the fact was that appropriate teachers were not available to teach English. In India, local language was used as the medium of education upto fourth class, and in Turkey research was carried out in Turkish, but in Pakistan it was not so.
He said we had carried out many experiments in our history but issues, decisions and problems are still there as they were. More resources were required for education, and primary and higher education should be equally treated because in higher education, manpower was ready to serve the country within four or five years. He said primary education should not be focused at the cost of higher education. We equally needed Urdu and English languages. We had to take steps on emergency basis. He said unfortunately new problems were created instead solving previous issues in education sector.
Raja Anwar stressed the need to allocate at least 3.00 percent of GDP for education. He said the book of Dr Hafiz Iqbal highlighted the issues and crises of education in public and private sectors. The book was a document for policy-makers, which covered issues and their solutions. He said there was much need to focus on primary education, but unfortunately nearly 40 percent schools were not going to schools and many could become Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. “We had to set preferences to get out of educational crises and take review all the system,” he added.
Dr Ghulam Mustafa Habib Ullah said Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal wanted to serve education. His book had pointed out many reasons for ignorance to scientific education and also briefed about the effects of Urdu and English languages. He said Danish Schools had provided the students a sound environment and this idea must be implemented wholly.
Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik said the standard of education could not be raised without political will. He said the book of Hafiz Iqbal was a ray of hope which stressed on quality education for the poor. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the real founder of modern education system.
Prof Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh said the book was quite surprising and especially its last chapter which narrated syllabus, quality education, types of education and various other issues and it would be a source of information for researchers.
Dr Shahid Siddiqui said education and progress were inter-linked and Dr Hafiz Iqbal’s book was an authentic treasure of figures. He said unfortunately our targets were not implemented. Quality education was the most important thing today, he added.
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