ISLAMABAD    -   Chairman Higher Educa­tion Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmad on Friday emphasized the need of na­tional unity for the develop­ment and prosperity of the country. 

Addressing the closing ceremony of the Interna­tional Training workshop on “National Language Process­ing (NLP), he urged the peo­ple to show unity as a nation to prosper the country. 

The workshop was orga­nized by Allama Iqbal Open University (|AIOU) in collabo­ration with Kohsar Univer­sity Murree (KUM). He further said that the teachers had been given the responsibility to work for humanity, along with teaching traditional syl­labus. Leadership skills must be developed in the new gen­eration, he added. Dr. Mukhtar urged the teachers to come forward to play their role for better future of the nation as Islam had advised the follow­ers to serve the humanity. 

He said that the Center for Language and Transla­tion Studies (CeLTS), Allama Iqbal Open University played an exemplary role in saving languages from extinction. 

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that HEC would support AIOU in promoting tourism and national integration, upgrading the Department of Translation Studies, and other projects. Vice-Chan­cellor, AIOU, Prof. Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum said that the univer­sity could play a role in the development of the country, adding “We need the patron­age of the Higher Education Commission in this regard.”