LAHORE:Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad has said that the newly established School of Economics will prepare technical proposals to put the economy of the country on the road to progress.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony and alumni dinner of the School of Economics. Executive Director Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and alumnus of the department Dr Shaista Sohail, Higher Education Secretary Mr Javed Iqbal Bukhari, GCU VC Dr Asghar Zaidi, Former PHEC Chairman Dr Niazamuddin, Former Provincial Minister Mian Imran Masood, Dean Faculty of Business, Economics & Administrative Sciences and HoD School of Economics Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Choudhary and others participated in the event.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Niaz Ahmad said that the university had been academically restructured to serve the country as well as nation with specialized needs of the time. He said that the School of Economics would propose solutions to the economical problems being faced by the society and the country.

Dr Shaista Sohail recalled the golden memories of her stay at PU and said that her father was also a faculty member and former head of the Department of Economics. She thanked Prof Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry for launching a successful campaign and played an important role in getting more funds from the government for the higher education sector in Pakistan. She said that if the government would have to give top priority to the education sector to solve the national problems. She said that major financial issues of the universities across Pakistan could be solved if another grant of Rs 20 billion was allocated to the HEC.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi said that the establishment of the School of Economics was an excellent initiative and it would provide the best human resource in the field. He said that we needed to focus on polishing the talent the students carried within themselves. He said that we must encourage students to explore and ask questions.

Mr Javed Iqbal Bukhari said that we must ensure quality education at higher education institutions and produce skilled graduates. He said that we must establish a tracking system for placement of our graduates in the market at good positions. He said that we must take care of job opportunities for the students.

Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwar Chaudhry thanked PU VC for his support regarding establishment of the School of Economics. He said that the PU Department of Economics was established 102 years ago and now it was turning into a school, a dream which was being achieved with day and night efforts. Later, the map and plan of the new building of the School of Economics was unveiled and souvenirs were presented to the distinguished guests.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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