Islamabad, 14 June 2021: President Dr Arif Alvi has called for promoting research-
oriented and innovation-based quality education in universities to overcome the
scientific and technological challenges faced by the country. He emphasised the
need to educate the students about the latest technological trends in order to meet
the requirements of the 4 th Industrial Revolution. The President made these remarks
at a briefing on Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), given by Rector
LUMS, Mr Shahid Hussain, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. The meeting was attended by
Vice Chancellor LUMS, Dr Arshad Ahmad, Additional Secretary Ministry of Federal
Education and Professional Training, Mr Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, and
representative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The Rector briefed the President about the role of LUMS in promotion of
higher education in the country. Addressing the meeting, the President underlined
the need for promotion of online education as it was cost-effective and accessible to
students belonging to the far flung areas of the country and under-privileged strata of
society. He urged the universities to initiate steps to encourage e-learning as it
played an instrumental role in ensuring continuity of education during the COVID-19
pandemic. He highlighted the need for increasing collaboration among the
universities to share their expertise for promoting quality education based on
research and innovation. The President asked HEC to adopt cooperative approach
and enhance communication with universities to help address their issues. He stated
that the Government attached great importance to the promotion of education and
had announced 50,000 scholarships for the deserving students, under the Ehsaas
Undergraduate Scholarship Program, in this regard.
The President appreciated the contributions made by LUMS for the promotion
of quality education in the country.