PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said the promotion of education with special focus on making efficient and productive utilisation of the resources possible was being given its due priority.

This reality, he added, can also be judged from the fact that there used to be only a single university in Peshawar and now there are many institutions of that caliber in each division of the province. He was addressing the Malakand University convocation-2012 on the varsity premises at Chakdara on Thursday. In all 467, Bachelor and Masters graduates 28 were honoured with gold medals for achieving distinctive position in their respective disciplines.

The governor also inaugurated the newly constructed academic block at the campus. Provincial Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Hidayatullah Khan, Provincial Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid Khan, Commissioner Malakand division, other senior government officials and elite of the area also attended the ceremony while the vice chancellor of the university, Prof Dr Rasool Jan presented the annual report and highlighted the achievements and future development programmes.

Barrister Masood Kausar said like elsewhere in the country, Malakand division was also blessed by nature with rich natural and human resources and tremendous prospects for economic development and this university along with its other sister institutions has the great potential to contribute a lot in making this possible. In fact, the governor said, life itself generates competitive atmosphere in society and when this natural phenomena is experienced at the national and international levels, then situation demands extra efforts to achieve excellence. In this age of knowledge driven economy, he remarked there is a paradigm shift at the international scenario wherein the field of economy has got superseding role. “Nations are no longer considered powerful just because of their military might alone, rather their attitudinal response towards others; their level of capabilities in various fields of life; the living environment and the facilities being offered to their coming generations for future development are also accounted equally, if not more important”, he said.

Pointing towards graduating students, the governor who is also the chancellor of the university said it was now their responsibility to work hard; achieve excellence in their respective fields of higher studies; learn how to present their basic and transferable intellect in a best possible way; keep their minds open to the new ideas; think innovatively; channelise their talents into positive and healthy activities and serve their country and the nation with highest degree of commitment.