Academicians and prominent industrialists of the city have said that academia and industries must work together to produce entrepreneurs who could lead the nation and the country to develop in this most competitive world. These views were expressed on the occasion of the Youth Conference organized by Entrepreneurs Den in collaboration with the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) in its auditorium.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice-Chancellor SMIU said there is no lack of talented youth in the country, but for getting support from them the industrial class and businessmen should come forward and invest youth talent in their respective areas of business and trade for the progress of the country. “Receive the students as customers and send them out as quality products,” Dr Sahrai said and added that since the last twenty years universities have been changed in priorities and now these are giving preference to market-oriented courses.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai further said we have to learn from natural disasters as Covid-19 has made the globe digitalized and floods and torrential rains of the current year have compelled us to think that how one can work in these conditions. He stressed upon the faculty of SMIU to send students to different industrial zones as they could physically observe manufacturing process there.

Mr Faraz Ur Rehman, President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) said his family entered in business in 1964 and faced major crises but they never abandoned their struggle but worked hard that brought success for them in later days. He said those children can succeed in life that start a business after matriculation examination.

Prominent entrepreneur Tania said when she was entered in the field of entrepreneurship her parents didn’t permit her to do so, but she was determined to achieve some goals in life through entrepreneurship, and she achieved that. She suggested students must set their goals clear and move ahead with determination.

Mr Junaid Naqi, CEO of Prestige Apparel advised students that they must be positive in all aspects of life, without positive thinking no one succeeds. He said youth is the majority in our country hence it should be engaged in business instead of giving free hand to remain engaged in TikTok activities.

Mr Abdullah Akhtar, CEO of Schole International Academy (SIA) said young people must believe in their abilities and knowledge that would be the main factor of their success.

Chairperson of Department of Business Administration of SMIU Dr Saima Tabassum also shared her views and urged upon students to learn from the experiences of successful people who attended the conference.

Earlier, Dean Dr Jamshed Adil welcomed the guests and said SMIU works on the line to bring closer to industry and academia and this conference was also a part of such efforts.

Mr Humza Tabani, CEO of Tabani Group, Ms Ayesha Motiwala, CEO Motiwala Consultants, Mr Bilal Talib, CEO California Real Estate and other prominent industrialists attended the conference. In the end, Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, VC SMIU gave away shields to the guests.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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