ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi advised students to develop critical and analytical thinking skills to overcome the biases inherent in human nature for sound decision making.
He said young people need to be trained to sift through the mass of information and distinguish misinformation and fake news from accurate information in order to make intelligent and informed judgments.
The president expressed them during an interview with the students of Cadet College, Murree, who called him, in Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.
Addressing the students, the President advised them to keep the doors of knowledge open throughout their lives and to learn from past experiences as well as to use the knowledge and information made available to them by the technologies of information.
He also urged the students to draw inspiration from the life and conduct of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as well as learn from the lives of successful people. This, he said, would enrich them intellectually and socially besides making them a better and more useful person for the benefit of society and the country.
The President said Quaid-e-Azam used to hold students in high esteem and encouraged them to actively participate in the Pakistan Freedom Movement to create a separate homeland for Muslims in India.
While answering a question, the President said that as President of Pakistan, he had worked to safeguard the property rights of women, the welfare and education of people with disabilities, and the promotion of use of information technologies in all sectors of national importance. He said Pakistan needs to increase the number of skilled IT human resources to fill the ever growing gap between demand and supply of IT professionals in the country and globally.
Responding to another question, the President said that human resources, in addition to natural resources, were the essential ingredients for nations to achieve sustained and accelerated development. He said that in the absence of skilled human resources, natural resources remain untapped and untapped, which hinders the progress of a country.
He further stressed that our educational institutions should be fully equipped to multiply their capacity to produce highly qualified human resources by adopting online and hybrid methods to impart knowledge and skills to their students. This, he added, would ensure a steady supply of skilled professionals capable of effectively utilizing our untapped natural resources.
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