LAHORE - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday said that intelligence agencies played no role in making Imran Khans Minar-e-Pakistan rally a successful show. Why should I say it was an agencies show. They are with us, he remarked in a brief chat with reporters after addressing 125th Founders Day ceremony of Aitchison College Lahore. He was asked if agencies had helped Imran Khan to gather such a large number of people at his rally, or was it a manifestation of peoples discontent over present government. The prime minister also disagreed with second part of the question, saying that most of the political parties were coalition partners in the Federal Government, therefore, the parties or the public were not wary of democratic set-up. Taking about PTIs rally, he said that it was only a beginning for Imran and much more was to follow. There are many a slip between cup and the lip, he cited the oft-quoted idiom to elaborate his point. The prime minister offered no comments to a question regarding Mian Nawaz Sharifs recent statement about dismantling the government. When asked if the government was also planning to give a befitting reply to Oppositions anti-government rallies, Gilani replied that a party already in power did not need to show its muscles [to prove its strength] by holding rallies. Earlier, addressing the ceremony the prime minister congratulated the management, faculty, and the students of Aitchison College on the festive occasion. He said the day marked a long journey of the college starting from 3rd of November 1886 when the then Governor of Punjab Lt-Gen Sir Charles Umperston Aitchison founded this great seat of learning. Gilani said that being the lineal descendant of the Wards School at Ambala and the Chiefs College, Aitchison College had lived up to its reputation and done a wonderful job. Addressing to the students and the faculty members, the PM said: We are living in a complex world defined by the forces of change and evolution. He said only those individuals and nations could compete in todays hi-tech environment who had done their homework well in advance and made knowledge the pivot of their progress and development. The PM believed that challenges of the 21st century could be addressed adequately if educational institutions encouraged a sense of critical inquiry and a thirst for knowledge among the students. Our teaching institutions and universities must become the hub of research and creativity capable of offering fresh insights into the contemporary problems, he affirmed. He said that after the Chinese example, population should not be considered to be a burden anymore. Pakistans demographic potential was huge with 63 per cent of its population being under 25 years of age. What needs to be done is to harness the energies of our youth and put them into productive use through timely policy intervention and sustained political support, he averred adding, that establishment of linkages between educational institutions and job markets was one way of making this happen. He also suggested that promotion of industry-academia collaboration would go a long way in preparing future leaders endowed with necessary vision to respond to present-day challenges. He said education was an ornament which beautifies a nation and equips it with necessary capabilities to cope with the challenges of time. It also helps in building up cultural ethos and preserving the national values and identity by transferring their knowledge to the next generation, he said and added that he was happy to learn that Aitchison College had been playing this role commendably well. The premier said that though after the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, education had been made precisely a provincial subject, the federal government had prepared a comprehensive National Educational Policy 2009 after consultation with the provincial governments and other relevant stakeholders. Under this policy, he added, it was agreed that each province shall develop its own action plan, which shall commit to appropriately raising allocations for education, set priorities according to provincial needs and provide implementation strategies with time frame and key indicators; ensuring fulfilment of constitutional needs with respect to education and meeting the international commitments such as Education for All (EFA). He said 18th Amendment included an important insertion of Article 25-A making education compulsory for children. The main thrust of the policy remained on achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015, while gender equality and bridging urban-rural divide were the areas of special focus of the policy. The PM also dilated upon the issue of terrorism in his speech on the occasion. Our great nation has been faced with perils of extremism and terrorism. While the extremist forces seek to snatch from us our values, our traditions and our identity, it must be our endeavour to foil their evil designs. As I keep saying that it is not merely a physical fight. Rather it is battle of ideas, he observed, He was of the view that in order to comprehensively eliminate extremism and terrorism, We need to defeat the idea which generates it in the first place. He said this was possible only when intellectuals, educational institutions, religious scholars, academia and students come forward and play their due role. In this context, Gilani also recalled a quote of Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto wherein she had said: An inferior idea can be killed by a superior idea only. Stressing the need of promoting nationalism, he said that nationalism binds diverse sub-national identities into a collective whole by creating in them a feeling of oneness and unity. The nations inspired by nationalism can surmount any set of challenges, he further said. The PM lamented that countrys educational institutions had not done justice to sensitising youth and students to the unifying spirit of the Pakistans ideology. The forces of terrorism and extremism emerged in case of void created by our collective failure to take care of this important aspect, he remarked. Gilani said he was reminded of a quote of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who in a message issued on March 23, 1943, had said: I particularly appeal to our intelligentsia and students to come forward and rise to the occasion. You have performed wonders in the past. You are still capable of repeating the history. You are not lacking in the great qualities and virtues in comparison with the other nations. Only you have to be fully conscious of that fact and to act with courage, faith and unity. He advised students to keep hope and optimism as their ideals. You have to keep pace with the demands of time and prepare yourself for future leadership roles. He also asked them to treat difficulties as challenges and have the determination to turn them into opportunities. He said present government placed greater emphasis on human resource development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and had tasked Higher Education Commission (HEC) to collaborate with the universities and educational institutions to build a strong base for production of talented youth. He said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had great hopes on the youth, as he (Quaid) once said: Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students, who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves by discipline, education, and training for the arduous task lying ahead of them. The PM also announced a grant of Rs 30 million for setting up of IT block in Aitchison College.