Rawalpindi:July 16:Better-educated and skilled human capital is an essential precursor for the country’s economic growth and poverty reduction, stated President SZABIST Dr Saqib Rizavi in an interview with.Access to education offers the single most important opportunity of upward mobility to the country’s youth. At SZABIST, we believe that education is the most reliable means of achieving social integration, ethnic harmony, and political stability. These factors enable evolution of a prosperous, peaceful, and progressive society. According to Dr Rizavi, It needs no emphasis that with education the locus of power shifts from the entrenched vested interests to the enlightened individuals, which allows the economy, society, and the polity to diversify and modernize.
The president SZABIST underscored that middle and low-income countries urgently need to build their own knowledge bases. “The challenge is greatest for the poorest states, which are striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs.” In the context of Pakistan, it further means that the dynamics of higher education should be such that they should lead to a peaceful, prosperous, and progressive country while providing context-relevant education with marketable skills, he added.
Dr Rizavi emphasized that to achieve these objectives, universities should pursue an anticipatory approach towards trends in global academics and developments in research with a focus on the creation of knowledge leaders enabling them to fit seamlessly into the business and industry once they graduate. We are proud that at SZABIST we are producing highly educated and skilled youth that are playing a critical role in Pakistan’s progress.
In Dr Rizavi’s opinion, education is a strategic priority to power economic progress and engineer a forward-looking tolerant and inclusive society. Education is an ‘expectation builder’ and a ‘force multiplier’.
He said that promoting the youth in higher education means building their innate capacities to meet the present and future demands of the society and the economy. It further means acquiring practical skills to solve emergent as well as unforeseen challenges being faced by the society.
SZABIST’s vision is to be a competitive institution meeting the intellectual and professional demands of the future. The plan is to consolidate our success and build on it by diversifying curriculum, strengthening faculty, indigenising the generation of knowledge, intensifying our research agenda and distinguishing SZABIST as a symbol of excellence and professionalism.
The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) is a fully Chartered Institute established through a Legislative Act of the Pakistan Assembly (Sindh Act No. XI of 1995) and is approved and recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, as a degree granting institution. SZABIST has campuses in Karachi, Islamabad, Larkana, Dubai (UAE) and Hyderabad. SZABIST is a registered member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris; Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London; Federation of the Universities of Islamic World (FUIW), Rabat; Asia University Federation (AUF), Seoul; and the Association of SAARC Universities, (ASU). SZABIST has the unparalleled honour of being the only Pakistani Institution to be recognized internationally by Business Week Asia Week, Asia Inc and CNN.
SZABIST also provides Merit & Need Based Scholarships to students. Other scholarships available are HEC, USAID Need Based; HEC Japanese Need Based; Gov of Sindh Endowment and Community Sponsored Scholarships. Balancing academic pressures with healthy colours of life, students at SZABIST are continuously encouraged and are very proactive in a number of extra-curricular activities. Seminars, workshops, projects off and on-campus luncheons and dinners are a regular part of life at SZABIST. In fact it is the SZABIST Student Council (SSC) that oversees the functioning of all societies and clubs. Not only this but also students come together in times of national crises and disasters and are actively involved with rising funds for various causes (for example, flood relief drivers.
Furthermore, the Institution also publishes newsletters that detail activities and events taking place from its various campuses.
Furthermore, Executive Development Centre (EDC) at SZABIST facilities students in the completion of their degree requirements, personal grooming, job placements and keeping in touch with the Alumni for relation building, corporate networking and Profile update. In collaboration with the industry, EDC arranges on-campus recruitment drives and management trainee programs at reputable local and multinational companies. Annual job fair is also held at campus where leading companies are invited to discuss their recruitment policies and criteria, current and future vacancies, exploiting the opportunities to interact directly with the students. To bridge the gap between classroom and work situation, SZABIST has instituted a mandatory internship programme.The news.