Three memorandums of understanding were signed between Punjab government and international universities. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion. Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Sunbal and representatives of international universities signed the documents.
Under the agreements International Scottish Qualification Authority UK, COMSATS/University of Lancaster and Noor International University will set up their campuses in the state of the art Knowledge Park to be established in Lahore.
These institutions will extend cooperation for the promotion of research in Punjab. Similarly, they will also share their experiences and skills for promoting higher education in Punjab as well as award scholarships to the students. Addressing the function, the Chief Minister welcomed the signing of the agreements between Punjab government and international universities for establishing the campuses in Knowledge Park and said that all out measures will be taken for giving a practical shape to these agreements as early as possible.
He said that education is essential for achieving the goal of national development and prosperity as well as overcoming extremism, poverty, unemployment and other problems.
Keeping in view the importance of the education, he said, Punjab government has attached top priority to the development of education sector in the province. He said that knowledge park is being set up over a large area in Lahore where prominent universities of the world are setting up their campuses which will promote the process of research.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Information Technology University will be shifted to the knowledge park while kidney and liver research centre as well as institutes with regard to medical and other important sectors will also be established in the park. He said that promotion of education is the most important method to eradicate extremism, terrorism and militancy. He said that compared to bullet, education is more effective to deal with the menace of extremism.
The Chief Minister said that Danish Schools have been set up in South Punjab to counter the trends of extremism and educational facilities at par with prestigious educational institutions of the country are being provided to the children of extremely poor families free of cost in these educational institutions.
Country Director British Council Pakistan Peter Upton in his address commended the efforts being made by Punjab government under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif for the promotion of education in the province. He said British Prime Minister has also lauded the measures taken for the uplift of education sector in Punjab.