Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti asked young educated generation to spread the light of education on their soil so that to remove the menace of terrorism and militancy from Pakhtun society and other parts of the country.
He was addressing students and participants of the laptop distribution ceremony held here on Sunday at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM).
Voice Chancellor of the varsity Dr Ihsan Ali, MNA Himayat Ullah Mayar, MPA Ghani Dad Khan and large number of Professor, lecturers and students were among the attendance.
On the occasion, under the Naway Sahar Laptop Distribution Scheme three-five laptops were distributed by the Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti among talented and position holder students besides professors and lecturers who performed well in their field of teaching at the university.
However, under the “Naway Sahar Laptop Distribution Scheme”, a total 965 laptops will be distributed among the top position holder students and well performed teaching staff of the Abdul Wali khan Univeristy Mardan and its affiliated colleges.
Mr. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti said he was very thankful to Allah Almighty for giving him the chance and opportunity to establish a great learning institution in the shape of Abdul Wali Khan University in the district of Mardan.
Before the students of Mardan district were compelled to go outside in other cities of Pakistan to get higher education but after the establishment of AWKUM, now the residents of Mardan and other surrounding cities were able to get education in the said varsity lying on short distance from their homes.
“We have increased the education budged from Rs.1 billion to Rs.4 billions which shows our commitment to boosting of the education sector as well as our priority towards the field of education in the KPK province”, he said.
He further said that the provincial government of KPK had launched “Sori Da Pakhtunkwha Programme” under which, 10 toppers from each educational board of the province in matriculation and intermediate examinations were being given Rs10,000 and Rs15,000 monthly scholarships respectively.
The chief minister said the government had launched Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa Programme aimed at providing opportunities to students of government schools to continue their education.
It was not a favour for high achievers and instead it was their right of them, he said, adding that these scholarships would help to create environment of healthy competition among students of government schools.
The chief minister said support and encouragement to intelligent children of poor parents enrolled to the government schools was the responsibility of the government so that they should get education and ably dispense their duty.
He said educated mother was the guarantee of the developed society. Mr Hoti said education sector was overlooked in the past but the present government had allocated 70 per cent of resources to the girl’s education.
He lamented that last year, no girls appeared in SSC exams in Torghar district and that was a matter of concern for the government.