Islamabad - Leader of the House in Senate, Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq on Saturday said that the students are future of the nation and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has taken revolutionary steps in this regard.

He said development of education sector would enable the youth to utilise their energies and play their role for national progress and development. He stated this while addressing at a ceremony organised here for laptop distribution under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme and Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) Scholarship Card at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).

On this occasion, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof Dr Rai Niaz

Ahmad, faculty members and a large number of students were present. In the ceremony, a total of 341 laptops and internet devices, provided by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and 172 fully funded PEEF Scholarship cards, were distributed among the students of undergraduates and postgraduates of different degree programs of the University.

Addressing the ceremony, Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wanted to provide all required facilities to the students so that they could get education to become useful Pakistanis. He said that the government was working hard to provide opportunities to the talented but needy students to fulfil their dreams and aspirations and become partner in the development and welfare of the country.

He urged the students to concentrate on their studies so that they could lead the nation. He lauded the efforts of PMAS-AAUR’s VC Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad in bringing up the University at par with the international standards.

He also appreciated the measures being taken for elevation of the University. Raja Zafar-ul-Haq also inaugurated, a forest nursery and Horticultural Engineering Work Station in the University premises and also planted a tree.

Earlier, VC Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad extended congratulations to laptops and PEEF scholarship holders. He appreciated the laptop and scholarships initiatives from the government side and hoped that these kinds of project would continue in future.

Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad while talking about the HEC ranking list regarding universities said that it was based on performance of 2012 and the era of my predecessor. He assured that next time PMAS-AAUR would beat Agriculture University Faisalabad in HEC ranking list. He further said that it was the moral responsibility of laptops and PEEF scholarships holders to become change agent in the society and bring the country to the new heights.

He said that not a single Laptop and PEEF scholarship had been awarded out of merit. He stressed upon the students to utilize all their energies for acquiring knowledge and adopt reading habits as it is a key to success.