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Minister for industry-academia linkages

LAHORE: (Tuesday, November 19, 2019): Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Hummayun has stressed the need to promote industry-academia linkages to resolve social problems and uplift economy of the country. He was addressing the inaugural session of 7th International Conference on Research in Education (ICORE-19) titled “Teachers Education: 21st Century Challenges” here on Tuesday. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Abid Hussain Choudhary, Director IER Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, faculty members, students, delegates from the USA, UK, Philippine, KSA, France, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland and New Zealand and researchers from all provinces of the country have participated in the conference. In his address, Raja Yasir Hummayun said that academia must come forward and play its role what was being done by the universities in the first world countries and the government would extend maximum support in this regard. He said that academia was main advisory body in all developed countries and the research being done at universities was not only being used by the industry but by the government institutions and development sector as well. He appreciated PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad on promotion of research culture and giving academic input for socio-economic development of the country. Addressing the conference, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad said that quality education mainly depended on the quality of teachers and graduates. He said that since good raw material produced quality products, therefore quality education and training must be imparted at schools so that universities could produce good graduates. He said that higher education sector in Pakistan was facing serious challenges as there was about 1/50 student-teacher ratio against the national standard of 1/20 and international standard of 1/10. He said that we were facing a shortage of PhD teachers and only around 35 percent teachers at universities in Pakistan were PhD. He said that hardly 10 percent applicants could get admission in higher education sector in Pakistan while there was 100 percent enrollment of applicants in higher education in advanced countries. He said that there was need to develop a mechanism for flawless construction of question paper and evaluation of answer books, removing all deficiencies in this regard. He said that it was the duty of universities to create new knowledge which could resolve issues being faced by the country as well as society. Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar said that the conference had attended by renowned scientists in the field of education from various countries while researchers, educators, practitioners and professionals were also participating. He said that the researchers were participating for presentation of research based knowledge, experiences, new advancements, research results and innovations in the field of education. He said that in the conference, about 150 research papers by national and international experts would be presented. He said that the conference would contribute to achieve national and international educational goals and targets.