Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that students in universities across Punjab will be taught Quran with translation and meaning.
Addressing a press conference at Governor House Punjab, he said that to become a good doctor, engineer, scientist, or a good scholar, it is necessary to be a good person and a good person can be a good person only when good things are learned.
Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that we all believe that the Holy Qur'an is the complete code of life that was revealed to our Prophet to guide the world.
The Governor of Punjab said that the Holy Quran is there for our guidance which has been revealed by Allah Almighty Himself.
"I have been feeling this for a long time and I have been telling others that we read the Qur'an but do not read it with meaning," he said.
He said that for this purpose I convened a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors of all the universities and presented my proposal to them.
That we should teach the Holy Quran to the students in all the universities of Punjab with meaning so that they can take guidance from it and become a good person.
"I am just happy to have all the vice-chancellors agree on this," he said That we teach our children the Qur'an with meaning so that they can become good people.
Therefore, we have unanimously decided that lecturers in all the universities of Punjab will give lectures to the students with the meanings and demands of the Qur'an in which the participation of the students will be as important as reading other subjects.
Governor Punjab said that Secretary Higher Secondary Education Zulfiqar Ghman has been placed on board on this occasion and a committee of Vice-Chancellors headed by Vice-Chancellor of Punjab University has been constituted to implement it, make suggestions and clarify it further. The Chancellor will be Prof. Niaz Akhtar.
He said that other members of the committee include Prof. Dr. Masood Gondal, Vice-Chancellor, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha, University of Education, Lahore, and Prof. Javed Akram, University of Higher Sciences.
Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor of University of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Asghar Zaidi of Government College University Lahore and Dr. Bushra Mirza, Vice-Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University.
Governor Punjab said that the committee has been given a timeline under which the first draft of the education plan with the meaning of the Holy Quran in the universities will be presented by the committee by May 10.
Later, the Vice-Chancellors who did not attend today's meeting and the Vice-Chancellors of all other private and public universities, educational institutions as well as scholars will be sent a draft for suggestions on which opinions will be collected by May 17.
Thus, the draft will be finalized on Friday, May 22, after which the recitation of the Holy Quran with meaning will begin.
"Training is necessary along with education and there is no better guide for training than the Qur'an. It will help our children to become good human beings and learn morals," he said.