ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the government is committed to promoting science and technology for progress in the country.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology in Haripur. The institute will offer courses in artificial intelligence, engineering, food technology and various other disciplines.
The prime minister said the nation is moving in the right direction focusing on education, science, technology and knowledge economy. He expressed the confidence that the institute will prove to be a major step in promotion of science and technology in the country.
PM Imran Khan vowed that money raised from the accountability drive against corruption will be utilised for educational initiatives in the country. He said the economy has been stablised and the pandemic has been under control and now education will be priortised.
‘We need to move forward in the direction. This will come from science and technology, from education and innovation,” he said, adding it has two advantages as it has a vast youth population that is immensely talented.
He said the government will collaborate with five Chinese and three Austrian universities for technological advancement in Pakistan. He said in the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), special economic zones will be established and industry will be relocated.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan were also present on the occasion. Earlier, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa said the project reflects vision of state-of-the-art science and technology education infrastructure and broad-based industrial and knowledge economy.