LAHORE, (APP): President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday stressed the need for more educational opportunities for the womenfolk as the progress and development of the country were linked with education.
He said the country needed educated youth that could contribute to building a progressed and healthier society and it was only possible through education for all.
Addressing as chief guest at the 16th convocation of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) here, he said it was very unfortunate that the moral values were getting weaker in developed nations as they were running towards materialism.
“We are proud that cultural values in our country are contributing to building a positive society and it is an asset for the people,” he said and termed cultural values an important component to living an ideal life.
The president said great leaders of the nation including Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan also stressed the need for education to move forward particularly the education of women was termed necessary.
Referring to the British laws, he mentioned that until the year 1904, women in Britain were considered property of their husband or father as they had no identity or rights at that time. Whereas, he added religion Islam had narrated women’s rights centuries ago.
President Alvi also pointed out the dual role of the developed countries which always advocated human rights but did not take any notice of HR violations in territories like Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Palestine.
He said the present PTI government had made very important legislation recently regarding inheritance which would ensure the provision of due rights to women.
The president asked the passing out students to remain committed to their purpose of getting an education which included growing up a family and playing role in the progress of the society.
The nation needed educated people as the development of Pakistan was also linked with the educated youth, he said adding there was a need for workers in nursing, IT, and other departments in the country.
He said that IT remained a big industry as there was a tough competition in it and we needed to prepare more graduates in it to compete at local and international markets.
The president also asked the education authorities, commissions to work in that direction and also enhance capacity for imparting education to maximum youth who wish to get an education.
President Alvi congratulated the passing out graduates and said the students should pay back the country with their positive and constructive contribution.
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