The Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Monday, ruled out sending reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry over alleged bribery scam against Arslan Iftikhar.
Moreover, he said that Arslan Iftikhar’s case was sub-judice so there was no need to make speculative comments on its end so he declined to make comments on Arsalan Iftikhar's case, saying that matter was sub-judice and media had created unnecessary hype over the issue.
Earlier, while addressing the Vice Chancellors’ Forum‚ PM Gilani said that budget allocations for promotion of education had been increased to explore true potential of youth. He said that education sector was at the top priority of the government and would make maximum investment in it. He urged Muslim countries to invest greatly in the education sector particularly in the Science and Technology for the prosperous future of their peoples. He pointed out that Muslims constitute one quarter of the world population but their share in the world GDP was less than 12%.
He said that the Muslim countries could compete with the developed world only by investing in the human resource development and Muslim countries were facing daunting challenges and therefore it was imperative that we work together to overcome the problems.
While highlighting importance of higher education he said that it was imperative that maximum efforts should be made to improve it as nation’s prosperous future directly linked to meaningful investments in science and technology led higher education.
PM said that role of science and technology, in today’s knowledge based global society, had assumed center-stage in the welfare and well being of the people.
The government will have to make increasing investments in education in spite of numerous other competing demands and urged the universities to prepare their students appropriately and equip them with the most relevant skill-sets, suitable for the modern market place” he added.
Congratulating IESCO, Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher Education Commission and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology for organizing wonderful initiative he said that he really appreciated timely initiative, foresight and extreme hard work in making this event possible.
PM observed that he eagerly looked forward to the proceedings of the conference, which would result into sound, specific and practical recommendations, assuring the Forum to share those recommendations and findings with Ministry of Science and Technology as well as governments of other Muslim Countries.
“I am confident that the practical proposals will further strengthen our respective higher education systems in general and research and development in science and technology in particular” he added.
He said indeed, modern life style was so fully infused with the foot prints of contemporary technologies, which a few decades back could not even be imagined. In last decade or so, he said, the technological advances had brought about a revolution both in ways of thinking and living.
Highlighting the results of science and technology from the West, the Prime Minister said that almost all the modern creature comforts, the modern technologies, the modern goods and gadgets, the modern cures for diseases, the modern contributions to a variety of knowledge had all mainly come from the Western world, but on the other hand,
Muslims were only the users and consumers of the fruits of hard work of others.
Referring to history of the Nobel Prize Awards, he said that only nine Muslim scientists or researchers could have won Nobel Prize Awards out of total 825 individuals.
He urged the Forum to focus attention on a paradigm shift from being just the users of technologies to become the producers of technologies, goods, and services. For this to happen would really require an all-embracing effort by all the stakeholders responsible for education, research and development.
Assuring full support from his government to the development of science and technology, he said that today’s universities were required to tackle the major scientific, economic and social challenges lying ahead.
He said the universities needed to find solutions to difficult existing problems as well as solutions to the anticipated problems which are likely to arise in future.