AJK to become next educational hub

By Fawwad Raza - Editor

23rd January, 2020

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan said on Wednesday that transforming the education sector according to the job market’s needs and requirements was the top priority of the State government.

“The AJK government is determined to ensure innovative and quality education to improve the quality of education in its institutions to bring an educational revolution in Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

He was talking to the founder and president of the UAE-based Ed-Tech Company, Coded Minds, Omar Farooqui and its Chief Operating Officer, Amna Khaishgi, who called on him at the Jammu and Kashmir House, AJK President Secretariat said in a statement released to media here on Wednesday.

The AJK President said that five public sector universities were imparting modern education to students in the liberated territory, and focus has been laid on tailoring the academic syllabus as per demands of the ever evolving job market, so that after graduating, the students do not face any difficulty in finding relevant jobs. For this purpose, he said, “our universities pay special attention towards establishing liaisons with the industry, corporate sector and financial corporations all over the country.”

Sardar Masood Khan said that around 1.5 million tourists had been visiting Azad jammu and Kashmir every year. The region with natural beauty, pleasant weather, majestic mountains and rivers which have virtual turned the territory into a ‘paradise on the earth’ for the tourists, he added.

However, still there is a huge potential for enhancing religious and archeological tourism owing to the numerous unique and ancient historic forts, mosques and temples that exist in different parts of the State.

These sites can certainly attract a very large number of tourists from home and abroad, he said.

Sardar Masood Khan said that the State government had been fully focusing on the uplift of basic infrastructure to promote tourism. Besides this, he added, there are wide prospects of energy generation because of abundant water resources, and the government has devised a comprehensive strategy in this regard.

The AJK President said that under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a Special Economic Zone will be established in Mirpur.

Apart from these initiatives, he said that all necessary steps were being taken to provide universal access to health facilities for the residents of the State, as per the international standards.

“Steps are under consideration to introduce tele-health facilities in order to provide modern health services to the people of remote areas,” he added.

On this occasion, Omar Farooqui said that being a son of the soil, it is his dream to turn the liberated territory into a paradise in terms of education, and to enable the young generation to join the race of modern technology.

He said that it was his endeavor to encourage public-private partnerships besides attracting local and foreign investors to work under a comprehensive plan to improve the standard of education, provide employment to the local people, and reduce the number of dropout students at all levels of education.

In her remarks on the occasion, Amna Khaishgi said that their company intended to establish a modern Teachers Training Institute with state of the art educational technology, in March this year, and a full-fledged technical college and university in December, this year.

The AJK President while appreciating the spirit of the Ed-Tech Company, assured every kind of cooperation in that regard.

 


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