Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need for strengthening linkages between academia and industry for human resource development. 

He was addressing the National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025 in Islamabad on Monday.

The Minister said Government has allocated a sum of 35.5 billion rupees for the Higher Education Commission under the annual development plan 2017-18.

Ahsan Iqbal said due to frequent lapses and political reversals in development policies in the past no agenda could yield its desired results.

He said now is the time that we must align our abilities and education system to the demands of time so that the Vision 2025 can successfully culminate and the country be ranked among top twenty economies of the world.

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