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Center of Culture

Jinnah's Ideals

“You have referred to the questions of a Khyber university. Let me tell you that nothing is nearer to my heart than to have a great centre of culture and learning in a place like Peshawar, a place from where the rays of knowledge and culture can spread throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. I, therefore, fully sympathize with your aspirations in this behalf and, provided you go the right way about it, perhaps you will get your university sooner than you can imagine.”

- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam

 - Speech: Responsibilities of the youth

- Speech: Reply to the address presented by the Students of Islamia College, Peshawar


Deeper reflections

The historical aspiration of building great centers of culture may not be immediately attainable but we must begin the work of:


  • Providing modern education to every citizen of Pakistan regardless of socio-economic differences: 


  • This is because limiting education only to a privileged class will weaken our nation as by doing so, our democracy will remain under the constant risk of being hijacked by populism, uber-nationalism and irrational religiosity because it is very easy to rouse the sentiments of an uneducated populous. 

  • Wealth generation is a product of innovative ideas and relentless creative labour. We cannot ignite Pakistan's economic engine by having a mass-population that suffers from unawakened intelligence. Thus, every citizen of Pakistan must align on the simple truth that investing in education is of the greatest priority.

  • Innovating the business model of our colleges:

  • Education is a potent force through which the cycle of poverty can be broken. However, a world-class education remains largely unaffordable by a majority of Pakistanis.

  • By partially shifting the cost-burden from consumers to future employers -- colleges can disrupt how they generate financial returns.

  • Further, colleges need to launch nation-wide boot-camps that accelerate the speed of educating and providing vocational training to our workforce within 6-12 months. 

  • Designing a new curriculum that places technology at its heart but also focuses on liberal arts to provide holistic education to the people of Pakistan. This curriculum will cover disciplines from all civilizations of the world to build a global perspective.

  • Recruiting Pakistani individuals across the globe who are excelling in various disciplines such as artificial intelligence, data science, bio-tech, fine arts, Urdu literature, theatre, music and so on. These individuals are best suited to proliferate knowledge within the country. 

  • Building academic relationships with the Middle East and Central Asia by inviting educators to work on collaborative research, participate in our think tanks and co-build international breeding grounds of innovation in Pakistan.      

Let’s double our energies in not only achieving this historical aspiration but also going beyond it. Inshallah - we will achieve this.

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