LAHORE   -   Senator Saud Majeed, former provincial minis­ters -- Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman -- called on Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman at Governor’s House here on Friday and discussed development in south Pun­jab and education in the province. The governor said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had always given priority to health and education sectors, adding that funds for high­er education had been increased despite financial constraints in the federal budget 2022-23.

He said the PML-N government paid special at­tention to tertiary education institutions while the funds for higher education were tripled during its previous term. He said that the PML-N had always taken practical steps for development of south Punjab, adding that universities and hospitals were set up in the backward areas to provide health and education facilities to people. He said every mem­ber of society should play his role in development of the country instead of spreading frustration among people. Baligh said that planning was need­ed to control smog and environmental pollution, adding that work was underway on a plan to form a consortium in the universities regarding environ­ment. He said he had passed on instructions for maintaining a five-year calendar in the universities, adding that the convocation should not be delayed at the educational institutions. He called upon teachers to focus on producing good profession­als as well as good human beings. Senator Saud Majeed expressed hope that the Punjab gover­nor would play his role for welfare of people of south Punjab while MPA Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan lauded the services of Balighur Rehman as federal education minister in the past.