Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that the purpose of Provincial Higher Education Commission (PHEC) is to fund institutions of higher learning and transform them into centers of excellence.
He was addressing in the inaugural session of two-day international conference on “Clinical Psychology outside the Clinic” at Undergraduate Study Centre’s Al-Raazi Hall organized by PU Center for Clinical Psychology (CCP) in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologists (PACP) here on Wednesday. PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, VC Swat University Prof Dr Jahanzeb Khan, VC Malakand University Prof Dr Johar Ali, Special Advisor on Mental Health Prof Dr Mowadat Hussain Rana, Director CCP Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, President PACP Dr Nashi Khan, faculty members, students and a large number of research scholars were also present on conference.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr Mashhood said that for the first time in the province, there was going to be a roadmap for higher education in which all the relevant stakeholders have been involved. He said that the government would allow all public sector universities to use their excess land for commercial activities and the universities would take NOC from the relevant government departments.
On the demand of Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar for establishment of Psychology First Ad or Psychological Emergency Services, like Rescue 1122, the minister assured that the Punjab government would extend all-out cooperation in this regard. He said that the government would provide missing facilities to all the government schools in the next two years.
Addressing the ceremony, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the developed nations were spending 2 to 3 percent of their GDP only on research and development and it was a huge amount as the volume of their GDPs was also heavy. He said that it was a must for any nation to focus on creation of new knowledge to become powerful and prosper.