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February 15, 2014
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Higher education ‘can play pivotal role in national development’

February 15, 2014

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Islamabad
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that future of Pakistan lies in education and particularly in a well-established system of higher education, says a press release.
He was addressing inauguration ceremony of Writing Resource Centre (NWRC) at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. The Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal along with NUML Rector Major General (r) Masood Hasan and DG Brigadier Azam Jamal unveiled the plaque of the NWRC in a ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director HEC, Peter Brennan, Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs US Embassy, Judith Ravin, Deputy Cultural Attaché US Embassy, Fife Mac Duff, Director Regional English Language Office at US Embassy, Islamabad, Dr Asad Zaman, Vice Chancellor PIDE, Registrar Brigadier (r) Saeed Akhtar Malik, Director Planning and Coordination Brigadier (r) Dr Riasat Ali, other officials from US Embassy, HEC and directors of the university.
Ahsan Iqbal said that it was immense pleasure to see that universities and institutions were putting their all out efforts and resources for development of quality research and writing culture in Pakistan. He said that in all developed and civilized countries universities had contributed tremendously for achieving national development goals. Universities had a pivotal role in providing innovative research, creative ideas, intellectual leadership and solution leaders to the country, he added.
He said NUML was centre of excellence for teaching and learning foreign languages and it was government policy to take instructions of foreign languages to school level to develop in students capacity of multi-lingual communication skills. He gave examples of developed countries where foreign languages are taught at school level.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Peter Brennan, Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs US Embassy, appreciated the setting up of

NWRC at NUML. He said the centre represents the visible example of good results arising from partnership between Pakistan and his country in the field of higher education. He expressed the hope that the centre would help in promoting research activities at NUML. He assured NUML administration of continued cooperation in their pursuits of in the research areas.
DG Brig Azam Jamal briefing about the NWRC said it has been established with the assistance of US State Department under the University of North Texas-NUML Partnership Program sponsored by US Embassy in Islamabad, to support the development of research based writing projects for all members of NUML academic community.

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