KARACHI: Those nations progress the most, which give priority to education. Everybody should personally play his role for the development of the country without purely depending on the government,” said philanthropist and Chairman of Efroze Chemical Industries Pvt Ltd Muhammed Abdullah Feroz here on Friday while addressing a ceremony at Fatima Jinnah Auditorium in the college to pay homage to the Army Public School Peshawar tragedy victims and to highlight the issues confronted by Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Degree College for Women, .
He said private sector must invest in welfare works, however, the government itself should also curb prodigality on luxuries. “I was just watching a TV channel last night that showed 10 Downing Street, the headquarters of British government, which is even smaller than the servant quarters of our national leaders.”
Feroz vowed to provide facilities to the college such as well-equipped computer lab, science lab and other utilities of basic needs. “It is pity that we do not worry about spreading uncleanliness around ourselves, contradictory to our religion Islam which stresses enough for cleanliness. While in Canada if you throw a litter on road you will be fined $500 for that. We are accountable to God for our actions, so everybody should watch what he does.”
He praised Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and said people like him were a ray of hope in the darkness for our country and the duties he was regularly performing seemed impossible for a man.
The commissioner, while addressing as a chief guest, pointing his finger towards the picture of Fatima Jinnah in the auditorium, said the steadfastness and endeavoring of Ms Jinnah, the mother of the nation, was exemplary for the creation of Pakistan. He wished that every girl of the country be the same.
He lauded the services of the administration of the historical college for education and thanked Feroz for his generous act towards education. “Running institutions is not a job of the government alone, but every citizen should own this country for its bright future,” he said.
Siddiqui paid tribute to the victims of Peshawar tragedy and said the incident had provided ground for unity of the nation and it had strengthened pillars of the state.
“The incident is a unique example of barbarity in history in which many students got killed and laps of mothers desolated,” he said.
The commissioner recalled the speech of a former British prime minister, when he was asked that what would be his first priority and he replied education. He was again asked what would be his second priority, he replied education and he said his third priority was also education.
Siddiqui said the journey of education would not stop, albeit, faced any hurdle. He also requested, on behalf of the government, from philanthropists to spend in the education sector to facilitate future of the nation.
Principal of the college Zakia Soomro said Khatoon-e-Pakistan College was antique and had enrolled over 4000 students currently. However, it unfortunately had not yet got a computer lab and a computer instructor as well.
She also requested the government to upgrade the commerce section of the college as well upto bachelors lever like other subjects. In the end, Ms Soomro presented souvenir and bouquet to the guests.
Sindh Director General of Colleges Nasir Ansar, Regional Director of Colleges Inam Ahmed, faculty of the college and a large number of female students were also present on the occasion.
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