VC UAJK calls for equipping youth with the necessary skills

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Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi

MUZAFFARABAD, June 22: Terming the youth as a valuable national resource for the socio-economic development of the country, Vice-Chancellor University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Prof Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi has called for equipping young people with the necessary skills they need in the future.

This he stated while chairing a meeting of heads of the various directorates of the university including the directorate of Youth Engagement, Directorate of Sports, Directorate of Students Affairs, Business Incubation Center, Directorate of Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC).

He emphasized the need to prepare young people for adult life and the workforce by focusing on career development services and support. Education, he said, is an important element for not only economic and social advancement but also for the sustainable futures of our young people.

If we want to build sustainable futures, we will have to engage them to achieve all the skills they need to address the future. The meeting was held in follow-up to the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s Youth Program Consultation Meeting with Vice-Chancellors held last week at Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.

The meeting convened by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja and attended by Vice-Chancellors of various universities of all four provinces; AJK and Gilgit Baltistan highlighted the need for scaling up the freelance industry and empowering university students toward entrepreneurship.

In this regard, representatives of different renowned educational institutions also shared their ideas and appreciated the Prime Minister’s Youth Program (PMYP) for bringing together the academic sector of the country.

To benefit youth through different programs, the special assistant highlighted important measures like enhancing training standards, digitalization of system, minimizing the gender gap, the inclusion of marginalized communities, and transforming of agriculture sector into a modernized one.

The Vice-Chancellors from different educational institutions shared their valuable feedback and suggested that training programs should commence from the grass-root level and then produce students who can pursue higher education in a concerned field.

Initiatives like student and faculty exchange among universities, associate degree programs, certifications from international organizations, and a modernized curriculum were also discussed during the meeting.

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