Pakistan has immense opportunities of trade: President

President for two-year associate degree programmes for rapid human resource development

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi says Pakistan has immense opportunities of trade and tourism for the entire world. Addressing the First Pakistan Engineering and Healthcare Show in Lahore, he said government has taken several steps for improvement of international trade, ease of doing business and promotion of tourism in the country. He said Pakistan is becoming a geo-economic hub for the countries of Central Asia, China, Turkey and Europe and world can trade with China and Central Asian Republics through Pakistan. He said Pakistan is producing high-quality products in various sectors such as surgical and sports.

President Alvi highlighted that the successful handling of COVID-19 is one of many examples of efficiency of people of the country. Meanwhile, to another commitment, President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday said to avail tremendous opportunities offered by the fast-changing world, the best option for Pakistan was to produce efficient human resource through short-term degree programmes.

The president, in this regard, urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to introduce two-year associate degree programmes in various disciplines, particularly information technology, to meet the global demand for qualified and skilled youth.

Addressing here at the 13th convocation of COMSATS University, the president said the country’s huge youth bulge could be turned into a productive workforce in lesser time with the introduction of associate degrees.

The president emphasized bridging the ‘technological gap’ between the decision-makers and the emerging market needs and called for the formulation of policies in line with the changing era of knowledge. He also stressed the need for hybrid training programmes to ensure bringing more students into the fold of digitalization. Dr Alvi encouraged the graduates to explore the domain of startups and asked them to take a giant leap to maximum benefit from the venture capitals. He said the knowledge without empathy for mankind had no significance and called upon the youth to contribute towards Pakistan by practicing positivity, integrity and morality.

Rector COMSATS University Prof Dr Muhammad Tabassum Afzal said ranked among the country’s five best universities, the institution had been recognized as a hub of knowledge and research offering over a hundred-degree programmes.

He mentioned that COMSATS had produced around 82,000 graduates so far and soon would be opening up a campus in Quetta, besides others in Kot Addu and Kohat in the pipeline. The president, earlier flanked by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz, awarded medals to the distinguished graduates for achieving top positions in their respective disciplines.

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