State of the art industrial zone will be established in Mirpur under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), informed by Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The President AJK who is also the chancellor of Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) was addressing a seminar on ‘Promoting of Technology and Entrepreneurship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir,’ organized by MUST and Sandbox Pvt Limited.
This Industrial zone itself will, perforce, put a demand on AJK universities to produce graduates and skilled personnel who would be able to run various enterprises in industrial zone.
The President said, “Azad Kashmir can be turned into Silicon valley and IT hub, which could supplement and augment Pakistan’s burgeoning IT market. It can also host high-tech corporations and venture capital.”
Masood Khan advised all the universities of AJK to reconfigure their curricula in the light of the emerging economic landscape, especially with reference to AJK’s integration with CPEC.
Their competencies should be relevant to infrastructure development, power generation and management of energy plants, industrial parks, fibre optics, mining, agricultural farms, growing fruits and flowers, for this purpose, the universities should set up business schools and training institutions to equip graduates with the skills of corporate management, finance and marketing, among others,” he said.
“We have five universities, two of which are devoted to science and technology, management sciences and information technology, within these universities and several post graduate colleges, we have emerging pockets of excellence which need to be smartly linked up,” he added.