Islamabad:28 March:A UNIFORM education system with a single curriculum is need of the hour as the existing system has been producing a social divide which is promoting corruption in the society and hampering the chances of growth and prosperity.
These views were expressed by the participants in the Jang Economic Session on ‘Role of Youth to Eradicate Corruption and to Bring about Prosperity’ here on Tuesday. The participants were Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) Chairman Javeed Kiyani, English Speaking Union of Pakistan Secretary General Khalid Shafiq, Staff College Ex-Director Afzal Kahyal and university students, Rukhshanda Ashraf, Khasham Khawar and Raza Hussain, while it was hosted by Sikindar Hameed Lodhi and Intikhab Tariq.
Javeed Kiyani said that no political party had a youth policy in its manifesto. He said that in Pakistan age group of 15-29 was considered youth while in the UN definition age group for youth was 15-24. He said 55 percent male and 81 percent female workforce population was not productive due to the energy crisis and poor infrastructure. He called for making a national youth policy to create opportunities for the youth to start their small businesses. He said technical education and entrepreneurial skills should be promoted among the youth for self-employment.
Khalid Shafiq said that youth of Lahore were indulging in robbery, gambling and drugs indication. He said the youth were doing nothing for their prosperity, adding that it was the duty of the youth to register themselves in voter lists and cast their votes in the election and urged the youth to make their own political party. He said huge responsibilities were on the shoulders of the youth to get their rights. He opined that all the political parties were focused on youth votes for their success in the next general election as youth would be deciding factor in the results.
Afzal Kahyal said 60 percent population of the country consisted of youth which was a blessing if utilised properly. He called for individual efforts to eradicate corruption, adding that an improvised uniform education system and well-developed curriculum were crucial to utilize the potential of the youth against corruption.
Rukhshanda Ashraf said that corruption was rooted in the executive, parliament and judiciary. She urged the students to run campaigns in their respective institutes against corruption, adding that hate with corruption and corrupt people could also discourage it in the society. She said moral corruption destroyed society more than the financial corruption.
Khasham Khawar said everyone knew about corruption in the society but not was raising a voice against it which was benefiting the corrupt. Raza Hussain said the youth could bring about positive changes as they were as competent as the western youth.The news.