ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in an era of development of the country and urged upon the nation to fully support the project.
Addressing the seventh convocation of Virtual University here, he said CPEC would make Pakistan a major hub of economic activity in the region.
President Mamnoon Hussain said several projects of power generation and motorways would be completed under the umbrella of CPEC, adding that rest of the country would be linked up with the Corridor.
He said the materialization of CPEC would require technical expertise and called upon the students to opt for relevant subjects including information technology, banking and commerce, so as to be available as the personnel, required for the project.
He said National Action Plan (NAP) was being implemented and elimination of extremists had resulted in revival of economy in the country. He mentioned that there was a significant improvement in the economic indicators.
The President said the negligence at individual and institutional levels had resulted in several challenges, confronting the country including inflation, unemployment, load-shedding and militancy.
He stressed the need for working honestly and with dedication to make the country a true realization of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.
He asked the youth to shun despondency and focus their energies to contribute for the country’s bright future.
The President said corruption had eroded the system of society and emphasized on discouraging the corrupt elements.
He said those affiliated with education sector should regard their profession as a noble mission to groom the young generations, rather than considering it as a mean of employment.
He lauded the services of Virtual University in increasing literacy rate even in far-flung areas through their E-learning and distant-learning programmes.
Mamnoon Hussain mentioned that the children of Pakistani expatriates abroad, had difficulty in getting higher education and said Virtual University could play an important role in facilitating them by offering distant-learning courses.
The President congratulated the degree holders and said the students owed to the support of their parents and teachers for the success in their lives. He urged them to never forget the well-wishes of their elders and always be respectful to them.
Chairman Higher Education Commission Mukhtar Ahmed and Rector Virtual University Dr Naveed A. Malik were present.