Academia asked to highlight harms of corruption

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PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have urged the academia to play its role effectively for creating awareness among the students about the menace of corruption to develop the society on basis of honesty, ethics, and moral values.
According to a statement issued here on Thursday, the seminar titled “Ill effects of corruption on society” was arranged by National Accountability Bureau in collaboration with Qurtaba University of Science and Information Technology. The students, teachers and other employees of the university attended the event.
Dr Nawaz Qaisar, the acting director of NAB, said on the occasion that the bureau was strategically pursuing anti-corruption through awareness, prevention and enforcement of law.
He said that NAB was collaborating with educational institutions to build corruption-free Pakistan and develop good practices for prevention of corruption.
“Education is a central pillar of national anti-corruption strategy. The students will determine our national personality in coming days and academicians are shaping values and character of students,” he added.
Dr Nawaz said that youth must be aware of and committed to ethics, moral values, citizenship, honesty and integrity and strive to foster a culture of integrity through character building societies by creating a sense of civic right and duties.
He asked for values-based education and encouragement of extensive research in areas related to anti-corruption.
“We all must be ambassadors of anti-corruption in Pakistan,” he added.
A declamation contest was also part of the seminar wherein students delivered thought provoking speeches on ill effects of corruption on society.
The top three winners of speech contest were encouraged with award of participation certificates and NAB souvenirs.
The first position holder will be invited to participate and compete in inter-university speech contest to be arranged by NAB in December this year.
The pro vice-chancellor of the university said that teachings of Islam could be used as an effective tool to create good habits needed for prevention of corruption.
The seminar ended with a symbolic walk by all participants to raise a united voice against corruption.

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