AJK president stresses on establishment of knowledge based economy

Says India committing war crimes in occupied Kashmir

Muzaffarabad: The president Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has stressed the need for investing all available resources in establishing a knowledge based economy for the prosperity of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan.

The AJK President made these remarks while addressing students and faculty members at the 15th Convocation ceremony of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir University here at Muzaffarabad.

As Chancellor of Public Sector Universities in AJK, the President congratulated the students, faculty and proud parents of the successful graduates on the successful completion of their studies. The President said that the common denominator that differentiates between a developed and a non-developed nation is education and the present Government is focused on providing quality education to all its citizens. We have made considerable efforts in this regard and soon tertiary education facilities will be available in every district of Azad Kashmir.

President Masood Khan said that to excel in this competitive world we need to uphold the highest standards of merit. He said that merit based appointments and admission will not only be insured in Universities but also for employment in the public sector. “Upholding merit will insure placement of efficient and capable candidates who will effectively contribute to the prosperity of Azad Kashmir”, said President AJK.

The President told the participants that an economic revolution is unfolding in Azad Kashmir, especially with the formal inclusion of this region in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Under CPEC, said the President, 4 major projects have been earmarked for AJK; which include Kohala, Korat Hydro Power Projects, Mansehra to Mirpur Expressway and a Special Economic Zone in Mirpur. He further said that we need to sharpen our skills and update our higher education curricula in order to fully exploit the potential job opportunities CPEC will provide in the coming years.

The President urged the students to aspire academic excellence, pursue research and innovation. We will focus on establishing collaborations with international universities and help provide global exposure to our student and faculty members, he said.

President Azad Kashmir said AJK University is the mother institution of higher education in Azad Kashmir and has facilitated the establishment of various other public sector universities in the region. He also congratulated the management and students of the University on the successful approval of all ongoing M.Phil. and PhD programs by the Quality Assurance Agency.

The President assured that work on the AJK University Chattar Klass campus shall begin soon and will be completed in accordance to international standards. This campus, he said, will be a state of the art campus and will provide affordable modern educational facilities for the masses.

The President advised the students that with the advent of social media and modern communication techniques we have become global citizens and we must connect with our peers around the world. He urged the students that in their respective capacities, they must passionately advocate the sufferings faced by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris, he said, are brutally murdered, maimed, tortured and incarcerated on a daily basis. Azad Kashmir is the base camp for the freedom struggle and we must dedicate ourselves for this just and noble cause, he said.

“We Kashmiris are not begging for our freedom but are demanding our just right to self-determination as promised under the resolutions of the United Nations”, he emphasized while adding that the word human right violations is only a euphemism as India is committing war crimes and genocide in IOK.

On the occasion President AJK also awarded gold medals and shields to position holders from various departments.

The ceremony was attended by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, university management, senior members of the AJK bureaucracy, faculty members and a large number of students and their parents.

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