Spending money on education to resolve issues: PU VC
LAHORE: (Tuesday, December 13, 2016): Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has called upon the government to spend money on education to resolve issues being faced by the country. He was addressing the orientation ceremony of newly admitted students of Punjab University Oriental College at Sherani Hall, Old Campus on Tuesday. Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning Prof Dr Muhammad Fakhar-Ul-Haq Noori, Prof Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria, Prof Dr Zahoor Ahmad Azhar, Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Akram Ikram Shah, heads of various departments, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that schools and colleges were not being supported to the level which is required. He said that if we wanted to compete with international universities, we would have to allocate money to education as per international standards. He said that the US was dominating the world only because it was spending money on education, research and development and armed forces more than any other country. He said that the nations that did not contribute to creation of new knowledge were facing disasters. He said that the average spending of the world on education was 5 percent of GDP while we spent less than 2 percent on education He said that America’s total GDP was around 18 trillion and it spent 5 to 7 percent i.e. 900 to 1100 billion dollars on education while Pakistan had a GDP of around 250 billion dollars only and was spending less than 2 percent on education and 0.2 percent on R&D. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori said that Dr Mujahid Kamran had always given priority to the affairs of Oriental College and that’s why we wanted him to continue as Vice Chancellor. He said that Oriental College was the best college in teaching language and literature. Earlier, heads of the departments briefed the students about their departments respectively.
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