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Universities urged to focus on research and development – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has called on universities to focus on research and development activities to produce skilled and quality manpower needed for the rapid socio-economic development of the country.

The President said that the hiring of qualified, committed and professional teachers was of paramount importance for imparting the latest knowledge and for the intellectual development of graduates.

The President made the remarks while chairing a follow-up meeting on the National University of Modern Languages ​​(NUML), Islamabad in Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.

He stressed that universities should adopt innovative and creative techniques to increase the number of students and graduates by adopting hybrid and online teaching methodologies. He stressed that all stakeholders in the education sector should further improve their intellectual and psychological skills and adopt policies, rules and regulations compatible with the market needs of educational institutions and students in order to meet the exponential market demand for qualified human resources. , particularly in the IT sector.

The President said that education is the greatest resource for socio-economic development, therefore, we should train and educate our youth, women and men, to empower them financially and economically.

He expressed concern about the brain drain the country has witnessed in recent years. He stressed that we should also make every effort to keep our educated youth in the country by providing them with equitable opportunities so that they can serve as a growth engine for the country’s economy and socio-economic development.

The President pointed out that, in line with market requirements, universities should offer two-year associate degree courses or appropriate diploma courses for sectors where the market needed an immediate influx of trained human resources and educated, such as the IT sector where demand was increasing. exponentially compared to the number of our graduates

The President stressed the importance of learning international languages ​​which he said provided means to enrich insight and wisdom through literature, science and other knowledge produced in these languages. .

Major General Muhammad Jaffer (Retired), Rector of NUML, briefed the President on the various educational initiatives and programs implemented by the University. He said that currently NUML teaches more than 21 national and international languages. He added that it has over 22,818 students, 77,176 alumni, 1,384 faculty members and about 915 administrative staff.

Additionally, NUML has nine regional campuses in Quetta, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Peshawar and Gwadar, while it also has an international campus in Urumqi, China.

He also underscored the need for regulators to come forward and come up with solutions to increase the number of students to meet growing market demands.

The President appreciated the role of NUML in promoting education in the country, especially the learning of international languages.

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