Minister calls for promoting science and technology education



Minister of Higher Education Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz said contemporary times demand education based on science and technology, but we must add the mix of socio-cultural aspects while imparting knowledge that evokes respect culture, geography, history and national heritage.

He was speaking at the convocation of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Rawalpindi University of Agriculture (PMAS-AAUR) on Wednesday.

“The government is working hard to provide quality and skills-based education for all,” he said.

The minister said that the current government was using all available resources to promote quality higher education. “International Punjab University Rankings have seen a remarkable improvement over the past three years when we have joined only six Punjab universities that have been ranked now this year, we have about 15 and this number is increasing every year,” said he declared.

The Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR, Dr. Qamaruz Zaman said that the Arid Agriculture University has made considerable efforts to improve academic and research activities as well as improving financial resources.

Degrees awarded

The university awarded degrees to 4,439 undergraduates, graduates, M. Phil and Ph.D. Scholars in its 22nd convocation held for the 2020 outgoing batch.

During the ceremony, 37 students received doctoral degrees, 1,893 received master’s and master’s degrees, while 2,509 students received undergraduate degrees in their respective disciplines. About 38 students received gold medals for outstanding performance in their academic record, while 22 won silver medals and 18 bronze medals.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 9and2021.

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