MIRPUR: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan said all universities, colleges and schools are focused on providing quality education as it is the top priority of our government.
He said this while addressing a seminar on “Promotion of Student Success: Connect, Inspire, Transform” organized
by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in the State’s metropolis on Monday. The ceremony was attended by more than a hundred and fifty educationists and opinion leaders from all over the country. Some ten schools from Azad Kashmir participated in the seminar.
President Masood Khan thanked Ameena Saiyid, Chairperson and Managing Director of Oxford University Press, for bringing Azad Kashmir into the educational mainstream and bringing top educationists to Muzaffarabad.
The AJK President said Azad Kashmir had emerged as the most literate region in the country. “This is a matter of pride for us that, despite severe resource constraints,
Azad Kashmir had outcompeted all other regions in educational score, enrollment , learning, retention, and gender scores”, he said. The President emphasized that after achieving an impressive literacy rate of more than 85 percent, highest in the country, now the state is improving the quality of education so that graduates get appropriate jobs.
President Masood said Azad Kashmir’s economy is expanding and its educational institutions are investing in the areas of critical thinking, innovative approaches and modern educational technologies. “This would be possible only through learning and replication of good teaching practices”, he said adding that these were the very themes that were being discussed by the OUP seminar participants.
The President highlighted that because of rapid growth in the Azad Kashmir economy, there will be demand for professionals in the sectors of infrastructure, hydropower, tourism, extractive industry (precious stones and minerals), agriculture and manufacturing.
Sardar Masood Khan underlined that there was a need to enhance an interface and compatibility between the market and academic institutions so that qualified professionals were prepared for emerging jobs and businesses.