STAFF REPORT IBD: Academics, at a recently held event at NUST, have launched an initiative to reiterate the importance of civic engagement and celebrate the completion of US-funded programme twinning five Pakistani universities with US universities.
On the occasion, NUST Rector Eng. Muhammad Asghar highlighted the prominent features of the initiative and implementation plan to promote a culture of social responsibility and civic engagement.
“The law and order crisis Pakistan is currently facing goes back to the 80s when Pakistan and the US went into Afghanistan to fight Russia and then abandoned civic engagement by leaving all the militants in the region,” said Minister for Planning and Development Dr Ahsan Iqbal at a seminar on “Pak-US Higher Education Initiatives on Civic Engagement.”
“We are collectively responsible for the mess we created in the region when we were producing warriors instead of investing in cutting-edge technology,” he added.
In his remarks, US Ambassador Richard Olson said, “Yes, we accept the mistake made by the US and both our countries should not repeat it.”
Higher Education Commission Chairperson Javaid Laghari said academic social responsibility is the key to prosperity and leadership in communities, producing not only professionals but people who benefit society.
Earlier, NUST Rector Eng. Muhammad Asghar highlighted the prominent features of the initiative and implementation plan to promote a culture of social responsibility and civic engagement.