Masood Khan calls for intensifying academic discourse on Kashmir.

Islamabad; 18 December: Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that our future generation studying in higher education institutions should be trained in new technologies and prepared to face the challenges of the evolving job market. “Only then will our youth be able to take Pakistan on the path to success and prosperity”, he said.

The AJK President made these remarks while speaking to Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, Vice Chancellor of Government College University (GCU) Lahore, who called on him in Jammu and Kashmir House.

The GCU Vice Chancellor informed that their institution will be establishing a Kashmir Centre of Excellence in order to effectively highlight the Kashmir issue. He said that this seat of learning would help create opportunities for the students and faculty members to fully understand the various dimensions of the Kashmir dispute and also produce academic discourses on this issue.

Prof. Dr. Asghar also apprised the President that GCU has a very vibrant and active student societies which have earned praised from all over Pakistan. He added that various societies like the debating, culture, arts and performance societies will work in tandem with the Kashmir society to produce plays, songs and also hold debating competitions on Kashmir.

President Masood Khan greatly appreciated the initiatives of the GCU management in highlighting the Kashmir issue. He said that being the oldest alma mater in the subcontinent, their efforts would act as a huge catalyst in raising the Kashmir issue both in Pakistan and the world.

The State President said that GCU can be instrumental in organising national and international conferences on the Kashmir dispute

The President while inviting the VC to visit Muzaffarabad, said that AJK has five public sector universities and groundwork can be prepared for student and faculty exchange programmes in order to enhance mutual linkages, create an atmosphere of learning and focus on capacity building.

Prof. Dr. Asghar also invited the President to address the students and faculty at GCU on Kashmir. He said that this interaction would help provide them with critical information on the nature of the dispute and the on-going human rights violations taking place in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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