Guest Lecture :Ms. Grace W. Shelton (U.S. Consul General in Karachi)

Ms. Grace W. Shelton, U.S. Consul General in Karachi has said that, Sindh Madressatul Islam University has shaped the beliefs of its students on the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and it has continued to shape the minds of Pakistani leaders of tomorrow. Addressing the students, faculty and staff members of SMIU , U.S. Consul General said that the students of SMIU are fortunate by attending the SMIU, and walking on the footsteps of Father of Pakistan.
"I am really thankful to Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh for inviting me at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, to see the institution where founder of Pakistan studied and to meet with its students, teachers and deans," she said.
Ms. Grace W. Shelton further said that she was impressed with the notion used by Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh (Vice Chancellor of SMIU) in his speech about SMIU, saying that "it is a nursery of leaders." She said that the students of SMIU will emerge from SMIU and work for bright future of Pakistan.
Talking about the role of United States in improvement of education in Pakistan she said that she is proud of the role which United States is playing as the partner of the government and people of Pakistan in wide ranging areas including health, economic development, power, infrastructure, defense cooperation and community engagement. "But today our focus is on cooperation in education and building opportunities for Pakistani youth," she said.
Ms. Grace W. Shelton further said that we know that the youth of Pakistan posses a tremendous potential, we know that youth of Pakistan love to learn, they have deep respect for their families, communities and the country. That is why the USA gives tools to them to lead the next generation to build peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan.
She said that since 2009, the USA has reopened and built 1000 schools in Pakistan. It is also building 106 schools in Sindh province for young students. She further said we are working with the Pakistani partners across the country to provide reading assistance to hundreds of thousands students of grade one and two. She said the USA is also focusing on the education of girls.
U.S. Consul General said the USA is also deeply involved in higher education of Pakistan. It is providing scholarships to students through Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Also we are providing Wi-Fi to 100 higher educational institutes across Pakistan. She said that Pakistan is the largest Fulbright scholarships recipient in the world. "We are very proud to have partnerships with institutions in Pakistan that will build capacity in the Pakistan's education system, to generate world class students,"

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