ISLAMABAD   -   President Dr Arif Alvi has emphasized bridging the ‘technological gap’ between the decision-makers and the emerging market needs and called for the formulation of policies in line with the changing era of knowledge.

He said to avail tremendous opportunities offered by the fast-changing world, the best option for Pakistan was to produce efficient human resource through short-term degree programmes.

The president, in this regard, urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to introduce two-year associate degree programmes in various disciplines, particularly information technology, to meet the global demand for qualified and skilled youth. Addressing the 13th convocation of COMSATS University, in Islamabad, the president said the country’s huge youth bulge could be turned into a productive workforce in lesser time with the introduction of associate degrees. He also stressed the need for hybrid training programmes to ensure bringing more students into the fold of digitalization. Dr Alvi encouraged the graduates to explore the domain of startups and asked them to take a giant leap to maximum benefit from the venture capitals.

Rector COMSATS University Prof Dr Muhammad Tabassum Afzal said that their university ranked among the country’s five best universities. It has been recognized as a hub of knowledge and research offering over a hundred degree programmes.