LAHORE: A delegation of 38 students returned home on Monday after visiting several foreign universities. During the one-month visit, the students selected from all over the country visited select universities in Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. The delegation comprised 19 male and 19 female students. Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan received the students at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.
He said that the future of Pakistan was linked with the provision of quality education.
“The government is using all resources for promotion of education. The Punjab government allocated record funds for education in the current budget. The government has taken several initiatives to encourage bright students, including distribution of laptops, provision of cash prizes and establishment of an endowment fund,” he said.
He said that the government would provide merit-based scholarships to top students to provide them education at world-renowned universities.
“Education is the most effective way to deal with the challenges facing our country. Top students will one day have the responsibility to steer the country towards a brighter future,” he said.
The students paid rich tribute to the Punjab chief minister for providing them the opportunity to visit foreign universities. They said that they had learned a great deal from the trip. They said that the initiative would help build interprovincial harmony.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2015.