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President Alvi stresses swift decision-making to be at par with world



LAHORE:  President Dr. Arif Alvi on Monday, emphasized the need for quick decision-making in order to keep up with the world’s rapid change.

In an interactive session at Governor’s House with PhD faculty and PhD International Relations students from the University of Lahore (UoL), as well as the head of a UoL think tank and University Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, he shared these opinions. President Alvi claimed that Pakistan’s information technology (IT) sector had the potential to develop quickly and that the country’s large population of young people could be trained in IT skills as the rest of the world looked to Pakistan to meet its needs in this area.

The president stated that having educated youth and a skilled workforce were the most important components for progress, but sadly, our nation’s rate of producing IT-educated youth is much slower than that of our neighbors. He emphasized that switching our educational system to internet-based online and hybrid modes, which are now increasingly being used very successfully in various countries, was the most practical and quick way to fill the gap between the required numbers of graduates. He urged all parties involved to make sure that all school-age children were admitted to institutions of higher education (HEIs) and that all intermediate pass students were admitted to those same HEIs.

According to him, only 68% of children in that nation attend primary school, compared to over 98 percent in other countries in the region, and only 9% enroll in higher education, as opposed to about 60 percent in other countries in the region. He claimed that this was insufficient to meet the demand for high-quality human resources needed to accelerate socioeconomic growth in the nation. He claimed that the nation as a whole should be alarmed and concerned about the low primary enrollment rate. In response to a question, he stated that Pakistan urgently requires active think tanks to guide it toward socioeconomic development, improved security, and the prosperity of its people. 

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