Strong academia-industry linkages imperative for jobs creation: Shibli Faraz

Strong academia-industry linkages imperative for jobs creation: Shibli Faraz

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Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz on Monday emphasized the importance of creating strong linkages between the universities and industry to create job opportunities for the youth.

After visiting the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Minister spoke with the media, commended the university’s global and national contributions, and said that the university has made valuable contributions to the country’s higher education sector. Education has had an important impact.

He further said the universities were not supposed to only give degrees but also to impart skills, adding, “We have to see how much impact our universities are creating on the lives of the people”.

Shibli Faraz observed that the government’s job was not just to provide jobs but to create an enabling environment that provided employment opportunities for the people. While, he said, the universities should also contribute to the development of the country and take steps for enhancing employability skills among youth.

Regarding questions about the availability and production of ventilators, the Federal Minister said that they do not have enough oxygen and other necessary stocks in our country to deal with any emergency related to COVID-19.

He said that the Ministry of Science and Technology has acted as a facilitator, and they do not yet have their own ventilator.

However, the National Radio and Telecommunications Corporation (NRTC) and private companies are manufacturing ventilators in the country. He said that the ventilators have 16 functions, but the ventilators produced locally only have 4 functions.

Responding to another question regarding activating Pakistan Steel Mills’ (PSM) Oxygen Plant, he said the ministry of industries and production was looking into the PSM Oxygen Plant and he had also spoken to the minister of industries and production in this regard.

However, he said that what he thought was that PSM Oxygen Plant might not be made operational in emergency due to some problem.

About supporting India during worsening COVID-19 situation, Shibli Faraz said “Pakistan will extend support to India as much it can. This is the issue of humanity and our sympathies are with India”.

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