If we are to have a balanced society, people must be provided with equal opportunities to grow and prosper in life. Availability of quality higher education creates such opportunities. If we make higher education available and affordable for our talented youth, it will lay the foundation for a vibrant and growing society enabling us to stand amongst the leading nations. Namal Institute Mianwali is exactly that kind of equal opportunity for the marginalized rural youth. I am under no illusion that it is a huge challenge to set up a centre of excellence in such a remote location. It will require a huge amount of funds to make it a university of international standards.
I want to see more than half of the students in the university coming from less privileged backgrounds benefiting through scholarships, who, in our present elitist education system, cannot dream of having access to high-quality education. With a diverse student body, majority of them being supported through financial assistance, increasing number of PhD faculty members and encouraging response from the employers of our graduates, Namal Institute is moving rapidly towards our vision of becoming a centre of academic excellence in the region for rural development. The success of this Institute is the first milestone in our eventual goal of creating the largest Knowledge City of Pakistan in Namal.