By Senior Reporter
KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasised Pakistani universities to produce more graduates.
Addressing convocation of Iqra University (IU) here he said, “Sixty-four percent of our population is under age of 30. The world is changing. People who are educated today are among those who will mark their presence in world.
By year 2030, 80 million graduates will be needed. Knowledge is not necessarily being imparted in classrooms but is now available in cloud for all professions,” Dr Alvi said. President praised Iqra University as an outstanding and pioneering educational institution for its approach to blended learning.
He congratulated graduating students and their parents for investing in education. However, he said that world is moving fast and policy decision-makers need to catch up and not think and plan linearly. “I was educated as a dentist at a traditional institution but 80 percent of dentistry knowledge has virtual possibilities. Iqra University, with this virtual approach, you can increase your numbers. Our country needs to increase its number of graduates. We need millions of graduates. I appreciate what you are doing.”
Consul General of Iran, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Honourary Consul General Finland, Iqra’s founding Chancellor and current Chairman, Hunaid Lakhani and its Chancellor and co-founder Erum Lakhani were all in attendance.
Dr Wasim Qazi, Vice-Chancellor said, “This year, we mark 21st anniversary of Iqra. Now that makes us relatively young compared to Oxford, Harvard or Muslim world’s older universities, such as Al-Azhar. But consider all that we have achieved in that short time. None is greater than fact that today we have graduated more than 31,000 students. What’s more, we have graduated more than 13,000 women. We have educated 30,000 leaders. Transformed 30,000 lives.”
“According to international and independent rankings agency, QS we ranked in top 250 universities in Asia in terms of academic reputation, employer reputation, student-teacher ratio and Ph.D. citation ratio.