LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that protection of students and teachers of private and public sector universities is the collective responsibility which will be discharged efficiently. He said Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on the promotion of education and the security of boy and girl students studying at different educational institutions was the top priority.
He said there would be no shortage of resources for security arrangements for the teachers and students, adding all out co-operation and funds would be provided for security measures in universities. The Chief Minister announced setting up of joint action committee for further improving security arrangements of universities. He said concerned ministers, government officials and vice chancellors would be the members of the committee and it would be completely autonomous in financial and administrative matters regarding security arrangements.
He was addressing a meeting of vice chancellors of public and private sectors universities of the province, here Thursday. During the meeting which lasted for four hours, security arrangements for public and private universities were reviewed in detail and various proposals were presented in this regard. Shahbaz Sharif said that war against terrorism was aimed at survival of the country and the mindset of extremism and terrorism would have to be defeated. He said war against terrorism would also have to be fought on the ideological front with full force. He said the victory in the war against terrorism would be of 18 crore people of Pakistan.
The Chief Minister said there was a need to evolve a counter terrorism narrative and universities would have to play a leading role in that regard. Issuing instructions for setting up a committee for evolving counter terrorism narrative, he said the committee would comprise vice chancellors of private and public sector universities, intellectuals and educationists.
Shahbaz Sharif said that besides elimination of extremism and terrorism, hatred and religious differences would also have to be buried, adding terrorists and their facilitators would be rooted out and the war against terrorism would be won at any cost. He said the trend of intolerance and religious hatred would have to be controlled. He stressed the need for collective efforts for setting up a society which was based on tolerance and restraint as there was no room for extremism in the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam.
He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb had broken the back of terrorists however; there was a need for promotion of sentiments of tolerance and restraint in the society. Universities would have to play an important role in checking the trend of intolerance, he added. The Chief Minister directed the administration of all universities to ensure complete implementation of the security plan, adding that concerned departments and universities’ administration would have to work with effective co-ordination for further improving security arrangements of universities.
He said effective security audit was essential for checking security measures of all universities and professional approach would have to be adopted for that purpose. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool, MPA Jehangir Khanzada, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Home Secretary, concerned secretaries, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission and vice chancellors of public and private universities attended the meeting.
Source: Business Recorder