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President Alvi asks universities to raise education standards

President asks universities to increase student enrollment. (Source: APP)

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday underlined the need for improvement in education standards in universities and increase in enrollment of students.

The President expressed his views while chairing a briefing about the Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) in Islamabad. Arif Alvi said universities should ensure implementation of policy on anti narcotics and welfare of special persons.

He appreciated the exemption given by Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the special persons in the tuition fee and hostel fee. The President also urged the universities to focus on the character building of students.

President Alvi stressed that the CUST should change its vision according to the modern trends and set timelines to achieve its goals. “The information technology department of the university should focus on cyber security”, he said adding that steps should be taken for distance learning.

Dr Alvi emphasized that in order to stop waste of time during the coronavirus pandemic, modern information technology should be adopted. “There was a need for enhanced relationships between public and private sector universities”, he said adding universities should teach skills to students according to needs of the industry.

During the briefing, Vice Chancellor CUST Dr Muhammad Mansoor Ahmed said that 10,000 students completed education from the university while 5000 students were enrolled in different university programmes.

The Capital University gave away scholarships of more than Rs 140 million to the students during the year 2020-21. He lauded the role of the university in spreading education and for implementing the new policy for special persons.