ISLAMABAD - Maryam Nawaz Sharif, former chairperson of Prime Minister Youth Loan Programme, Thursday said that 21st century is the era of women and being members of progressive Pakistani nation, there is a need to remain in step with the march of time.

Addressing the graduation ceremony of the 37th batch of women students of Pakistan Air Force Finising School as chief guest, she said the government believed in the educational and professional development of Pakistani women for the overall progress of the country.

“It is equally essential for our daughters to develop in themselves a dignified poise reflecting the aspirations of a Pakistani girl,” she added. She complimented the faculty members of PAF Finishing School for their consistent endeavours to train and groom a fresh batch of young women and for developing their personalities in most befitting manner.

Maryam congratulated the graduates on their excellent performance and also felicitated the parents for their untiring efforts that supported their daughters to achieve this milestone.

She expressed confidence that the personality development programme, which the women graduates underwent at the Finishing School, would bring about all-round refinement and finesse in their lives.   “It is your duty to build upon the knowledge gained at this institution and make correct choices and sound decisions, as these will have a lasting impact on your lives,” she said.

She urged the graduates to use the gained knowledge for the excellence in their professional and personal lives. She said in today’s world, the Muslim women must be able to face the challenges of life boldly without losing the bearings of Islamic ideology.

Director Finishing School Nasreen Aurangzeb presented a report highlighting the main aspects of the training, aimed at transforming young girls into useful members of society.

Earlier, the chief guest was received by Begum Shehla Tahir, President Pakistan Air Force Women Association and patron-in-chief of PAF Finishing School. The chief guest awarded certificates to the graduating students.

The PAF Finishing School was established in 1996 for girls. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self presentation, domestic science, general culture, cuisine, child care, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment.

The school is first of its kind in Asia, which is a step by Pakistan Air Force towards the promotion of education and literacy in the country.