ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the future belongs to the youth and they should prepare themselves for managing the affairs of the country.
The president said this while speaking to a delegation of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) led by its vice chancellor Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.
The president stated that national development is only possible if we pursue education and research with sincerity. He emphasised that students should read more and more to understand the modern world and new social, political and economic trends.
He advised the students to make the knowledge attained from such activities a part of their practical life. The president stressed that attention should be paid to the character building in addition to education so that moral values can be promoted in the society.
He stressed that female students should acquire all types of education and join any profession of their choice, but they should always uphold our values in traditions.
President Mamnoon expressed pleasure that the Sindh Madressatul Islam University is fully participating in academic activities as a university.
He highlighted that new opportunities are emerging in the shape of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and students should prepare themselves to take full advantage of these openings.
He pointed out that several energy projects under CPEC have been completed while development work is being carried out at a fast pace on the other projects.
He said that some people are spreading uncertainty regarding the route of the CPEC which is totally incorrect. There has been no change in the route of the corridor, he added. He stated that while recognising the importance of this project, several countries have expressed their desire to join it that is an evidence of the fact that this project will be a blessing for Pakistan.
The president pointed out that the future of Pakistan is associated with democracy, and so, it is imperative that we promote a democratic culture in our society.
The president appreciated the National Leadership Programme of SMIU to enhance the skills of the students and directed to make it more effective.
He hoped that the students will visit educational institutions and government departments under this programme and that they will learn a lot from these activities.
The president also hoped that SMIU will further improve its standards so that the students could be provided with a better opportunity to comprehend the requirements of the contemporary world and practical life. On this occasion, the SMIU vice chancellor apprised the president about the performance of the university.