KARACHI - The Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) will have collaboration with the George Mason University of the US, said spokesperson for the institution on Sunday.

He said Dr Mehtab S Karim, a senior fellow and affiliated professor, School of Public Policy from the George Mason University, USA, visited the SSUET and delivered a lecture on ‘Role of Youth in National Development: Examples from Karachi/ Aspirations and Entrepreneurship potential among youth in Karachi’.

In his lecture and presentation, he explained that youth play an important role in socio-economic development and growth of a country.

Karim was of the view that in the last three or four decades that there was reduction in proportion of youth population in total population and old age population had increased. Old-age population needed social security, healthcare, etc that needed resources, he pointed out.

In Islamic countries, he added, fertility had not declined to the extent as in other countries resulting that there was a bulge of youth population in age group of 10-29 years. The group is productive group and can contribute significantly to socio-economic development and political changes in the country.

Talking about Pakistan, he said the country had sizeable proportion of youth population and if properly guided could be a reservoir for socio-economic development in the country.

Karim also held detailed discussion with SSUET Chancellor ZA Nizami about possible collaboration with universities in the country and abroad.

Nizami informed him that the SSUET already had such a collaboration with many US and UK universities and would also like to collaborate with the George Mason University.0

SSUET IT and Statistical Bureau Director Muhammad Yahya Waliullah will act as coordinator/focal person in collaborative efforts.

Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq said on Sunday that promoting higher education was the top priority of the government. Talking to officials at the Education Expo held at a local hotel, the minister said that the private sector should come forward for mutual commitment for the development of higher education, so that equal opportunities might be provided to students.

Meanwhile, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is involved in the sourge of targeted killings in Karachi, police have learnt.

The Sindh Police have extended the investigation process after Azam Mehsud, brother of wanted criminal Sher Zaman Mehsud, filed an application, contending that his brother was actually kidnapped by the TTP.

According to the evidence, a group of eight TTP men, led by commander Khitab Khan, is hiding in Kanwari Colony, Kemari and has been active in targeted killings.