MIRPUR: Suggesting that a new youth policy was in the works, Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan on Tuesday suggested that student unions in the region would be revived soon.
He said this while addressing a large gathering of youngsters in Rawalakot city during a policy dialogue. The dialogue had been organised by non-governmental organisation Center for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) in collaboration with the British Council.
Masood stressed on the need for sensitising the youth about the Kashmir conflict.He said that AJK’s youngsters have potential and that the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would open a new gateway of economic opportunities for them.
Highlighting their imminent role in the mega project, the AJK president advised students to strive in their studies and strive for excellence in their respective fields. He further urged them to become active and vibrant civic actors and develop skills in using modern information communication tools more effectively.
Responding to questions on the education system, the AJK president stated that he envisions the right candidate for the right job in universities. He added that there should be minimal political interference in educational institutions and that he intends to initiate a new degree programme compatible to the market’s needs and demand.
Emphasising the character building of students, he said that moral, social values and merit must be upheld for good governance in AJK.
“Youth and civil society of AJK should support the government for better governance. We need to introduce reforms at the micro and macro levels to curb the menace of corruption in society,” he said.
Malik Muhammad Wasim, a representative of the British Council, reiterated the Council’s commitment to youngsters in the region. He spoke about transforming the society through engagement with youth and providing future leadership.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2017.