RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that ongoing efforts to bring madarssas (Islamic seminaries) in mainstream national education system will open new avenues for students to excel in contemporary careers.
He said this while meeting with students belonging to Ittehad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Madaris Pakistan (ITMP) from across the country, who secured good grades in the intermediate exams, at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Thirteen students, including four girls, belonging to the ITMP achieved top positions in various boards this year, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The army chief congratulated the students for securing top positions in various disciplines. He emphasised that they must continue to work hard and contribute towards prosperous and progressive Pakistan and become a useful part of the society.
Gen Bajwa also lauded efforts and commitment of parents and teachers for providing right environment to the students, helping achieve them such distinctions.
The COAS later distributed prizes to high achievers and souvenirs to parents and teachers in recognition of their efforts. Students, on the occasion, thanked the army chief for the recognition of their achievements.
Separately, Gen Bajwa visited the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Wah and Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) on Wednesday.
According to an ISPR press release, Gen Bajwa COAS inaugurated Urea Formaldehyde Moulding Compound (UFMC) Plant at Wah Nobel Chemicals Factory during his visit to the Pakistan Ordnance Factories.
The UFMC project was completed within 8 months. “This new plant is equipped with latest and most economical silver catalyst technology, which will reduce the production cost,” the ISPR said.
The Army chief also visited the POF display centre where new defence products were showcased. “COAS appreciated the achievements of Research and Development Department of POF,” the ISPR said in the press release.
The Army chief stressed upon the Pakistan Ordnance Factories management to “adopt proactive approach for entering into joint ventures with foreign countries as well as private sector and bringing diversification to its product range”.
At the Heavy Industries Taxila, Gen Bajwa was shown defence manufacturing facilities including upgradations of various tanks.
“The COAS appreciated efforts and contributions of POF and HIT in manufacturing defence and security equipment at par with international standards making defence capability robust and self-reliant saving national exchequer,” the ISPR said.