ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed on the youth to utilise their full potential in accelerating the country’s current pace of progress through intelligence-based contributions, because in the fast changing world, the countries would get edge over each other through human intellect-driven resources.
Addressing the 25th Convocation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIK), at the Aiwan e Sadr, the president said the country could achieve fast paced progress on the basis of knowledge-based economy.
Highlighting the significance of artificial and human intelligence, President Alvi said that those countries achieved marvels, which had realised its significance. The natural resources were not now considered as real driving engines for progress as different countries had made progress on the basis of human intellect, he added.
The president said Pakistan, being the fifth most populous country in the world, had not yet reached its true potential, and stressed on the young graduates to fully devote their energies by harnessing their true capabilities and play an active part in advancing the goals of rapid progress and prosperity of the nation.
While reposing confidence in the talents of the young lot, he said in today’s world, the realms of knowledge were limitless with the availability of modern gadgets and tools of information.
“A nation can progress if all segments in a society, including ulema, students, media and others take part in steering the country’s ship towards its destination,” he added.
The president said the modes of communication in the world had undergone huge changes. The lack of communication, in the past, often led to misunderstanding, he said, and urged the students to develop a sense of pain and empathy for the members of the society, family and relatives after completion of their education.
The present government has taken drastic measures to curtail unnecessary expenditures and launched a strict austerity drive starting from the president and prime minister houses, he said, adding that these were the measures, which could help the nation change its mindset.
The president said dishonesty and corruption were the elements, which wrecked destruction upon nations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan during the Covid-19 pandemic has taken the best decisions of smart lockdowns, giving priority to the human compassion and livelihoods of the poor people, which produced encouraging results, he said, adding that the roll-out of Ehsaas programme was an indication of that human compassion.
In the neighbouring country, the lack of good decision-making created unending ordeals and destruction for the people.
President Alvi said that due to the prudent economic policies of the present government, all indicators were showing an upward trajectory.
During 1975, the nation had decided for the nuclear deterrent after India had conducted the so-called nuclear device in 1974. The nation at that time, without having enough resources, was succeeded on the basis of intellect, he added.
Paying tributes to the services rendered by late president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President Alvi said that he had served the nation, while holding different posts.
He also lauded the parents and teachers in guiding and training the students to meet the future challenges and serve the nation.
He also urged the GIK to expand its footprints in the education arena, as the educational system and learning process had witnessed sudden change due to the global pandemic.
Later, the president also conferred doctorate degrees, degrees and medals among the top successful students of different disciplines.