LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sahrif on Wednesday said education is a dire necessity to achieve a society which is tolerant,peacful and equitable in line with the great vision of the country’s founders.
He was addressing as chief guest at the ‘Second convocation ceremony of Fazaia college of education for women’, one of the three colleges for women being run by Pakistan Air Force Women’s Association (PAFWA) in the country.
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff,PAF,Vice Chancellor Air University Islambad Air Vice Marshal (retd) Faaiz Amer, Begum Shehla Tahir president of PAFWA, and senior PAF officers were also present on the occasion.
Paying tributes to the Pakistan Army engaged in Zarb-i-Azb operation against terrorists, Shahbaz Sharif said that the nation stands united for this very brave initiative as it is geared to achieve a stronger and peaceful Pakistan.
He said the dastardly act by terrorists against innocent students in Peshawer on December 16 must never be forgotten and added that 50,000 precious lives have been taken by the terrorists.
He asserted that the leadership of the country is fully committed to honour the sacrifices of all the martyred.
Shahbaz Sharif re-affirmed his government’s committment to promote education and make it available for the most “poorer of the poor”.In his context he quoted the Danish School chain,the Punjab Education Foundation under which 1.4 million students got enrolled in schools over the years; the Education Endowment Fund which has now grown to have Rs 12 bln in its kitty, 60,000 boys and girls from Punjab as well as other provinces benefitted from this fund for their education in prime institutions of the province.
The Chief Minister announced to give laptops to all the high achievers of the Fazaia college,as well as a modern multi media lab for computer based education of students.
In particular addressing the graduating young women,Chief Minister said he has great hopes from talented,educated and hard working youth of Pakistan.
Ending his speech on an optimistic note,Shahbaz Sharif expressed with confidance that united leadership of the country will succeed in defeating terrorism and Pakistan would move forward on the path of progress,peace and development.
Earlier,Air Chief Marshal Tahir Raffique welcomed the chief guest,and the Principal Ms Naz Gul Syed highlighted College performance.
As many as 142 students were awarded BA,BSc,and BA Education (BEd) degrees on the occasion,and position holders as well as those excelling in extra-curricular activities were given medals by the Chief Minister Punjab.