Education only way to retain economic self-reliance: President Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that education is the only way of reforming societies and giving economic self-reliance to nations.

In his address at an event on importance of education in national economy at the Air University in Islamabad on Thursday, the president research-based education is vital to help the country attain economic self-reliance.

“Only those nations flourish which have solid educational foundation and give priority to research and scientific development,” he said.

President Mamnoon stressed the need to adopt modern practices in the field of education to achieve the goal of economic independence by introducing revolutionary research methods particularly in higher education sector. He said that such concepts should be promoted to make youth useful citizens of society.

The president said that Muslim history is filled with shining examples of personalities who contributed significantly for the benefit of mankind. However, he regretted that Muslim societies today lack the heritage of their forefathers by shunning education and research.

President Mamnoon also called upon the nation to support the national development projects particularly China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for a bright prosperous future. He asked the nation to beware of those who were creating hurdles in national development by opposing foreign investment. He said that said that Pakistan would become an important country in the region within next decade.

The president said that previous governments wasted national resources and did not pay heed to the projects of education and health.

President Mamnoon mentioned that the present government is investing in education sector; however, he added that still needed to be done to achieve the target of allocating four percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for this sector.

In addition, he expressed confidence that Air University being a subsidiary institute of prestigious Pakistan Air Force would make positive contribution in the field of education.