Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday laid the foundation stone of Al-Qadir University in Sohawa, District Jehlum.
According to Dawn, addressing the ceremony the premier said that he had been thinking for the past 23 years to create this university.
PM Khan stated that the university has been named after Abdul Qadir Jilani, who linked science and spirituality. He said that, spirituality is a super science and it needs research which will be conducted in this university.
He also added during his speech that thirty-five per cent students will be granted scholarships at Al-Qadir University and will be run on Namal University’s model. The university is established not through government funds but through private fundraising.
Prime Minister also stated that, “this university is being formed for a purpose. We want to turn our youth into leaders. That will happen when they get to know the principles of the state of Madinah. We will undertake research and learn how the Muslims rose from Madinah. We will also develop latest technologies here, for which we will ask China for help.”
He added that, the previous governments deviated from the destined path of the ideology, the vision and the objectives of what Pakistan is, but now we must get back on track. And such university will serve as the first step towards doing that.
The ceremony was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, federal minister Fawad Chaudhry and many other prominent officials.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari on Twitter, tweeted that, “The best investment for the country at this point is in intellect & learning of its youth, Al-Qadir University is a vision for making next generation leaders well versed in Islamic foundations — that’s the kind of farsighted ideas Prime Minister Imran Khan and the First Lady have for the Pakistan of tomorrow.”