Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on Wednesday has said that history remembers only those who serve humanity, not those who hold high positions and wealth.
Sarwar was addressing the first convocation of the Government College Women University (GCWU), Faisalabad. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rubina Farooq, former vice-chancellor Government College University Faisalabad Prof Dr Zakir Hussain, faculty members and a large number of students were present.
Sarwar said vice chancellors in universities were appointed on merit and recommendation culture in universities was being eradicated. “The federal and Punjab governments under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan are taking all necessary steps to provide opportunities for women to move forward successfully in every field,” he added.
Sarwar and the varsity vice chancellor also distributed medals among the graduates for their outstanding performance in various fields and congratulated them on their success.
Later while talking to the media, the governor said, “I have appointed more than 20 vice chancellors in different universities of Punjab on merit, and our mission is to ensure transparency and merit at all levels in universities. Institutions are strengthened by transparency and merit. Because of merit in universities, today Punjab’s universities are among the top 500 universities in the world.”
Sarwar advised the graduating students that, “wherever you go, you should do justice to your position for the service of humanity. I am also proud that Pakistani women are making the country’s name brighter both at home and abroad.”
“We should feel proud of our culture and traditions,” he said, adding that the government was taking revolutionary measures for the promotion of the education sector.
He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government was taking all-out measures to steer the country out of crises.
Sarwar said that nature had gifted Pakistan with tremendous resources, adding that, “now we must explore and benefit from it.”
He added, “It is the responsibility of all sections of society to play their part in ensuring women’s rights, including their share of the property. In any country where women are not strong, the country is not strong. The government believes in the strong development and prosperity of women.”
For her part, VC Dr Farooq said, “We are utilising all the resources for higher and quality education in the university. Today, GCWU Faisalabad is ranked first in Punjab and second in Pakistan, according to Times Higher Education Rankings.”
She added that university graduates must play their part in the development and stability of Pakistan, as well as in the empowerment of women and the promotion of education.
Sarwar also inaugurated two girls’ hostels for 500 female students at Government College University along with VC Dr Shahid Kamal.
Earlier in Faisalabad, the governor met provincial Minister Khayal Ahmed Kastro and Coordinator Zafar Sindhu, members of assembly and district administration officials.