• Short Summary

    THE YOUNG NATION OF PAKISTAN - WHICH CELEBRATED 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1967 - STILL FACES CRUCIAL PROBLEMS OF DEVELOPMENT, BUT IS HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE.

  • Description

    THE YOUNG NATION OF PAKISTAN - WHICH CELEBRATED 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1967 - STILL FACES CRUCIAL PROBLEMS OF DEVELOPMENT, BUT IS HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE. THE PAKISTANIS POINT TO THE NOTABLE SUCCESS OF THEIR SECOND FIVE-YEAR PLAN. WHICH ENDED IN 1965, AND TO DIFFERING PEOPLES - FROM THE WARLIKE PATHANS OF THE OLD NORTHWEST FRONTIER TO THE BENGALIS OF DISTANT EAST PAKISTAN. THE HOME OF MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION.

    THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN TOP PRIORITY TO EDUCATION. WHEN ITS PRESENT FIVE-YEAR PLAN BEGAN THREE YEARS AGO, LESS THAN HALF OF PAKISTANI CHILDREN OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE WERE BEING EDUCATED. THE GOVERNMENT AIMS TO INCREASE THIS NUMBER TO 70 PER CENT BY THE TIME THE PLANS ENDS IN 1970. AND THE TARGET FOR 1975 IS FREE AND COMPULSORY PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE CHILDREN.

    THESE RAPID ADVANCES ARE BEING MADE IN EDUCATION, BUT THERE MAY SOON BE A REVOLUTION. PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN WANTS TO MAKE SWEEPING CHANGES IN THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION. HE SAYS THE COUNTRY NEEDS FEWER LAWYERS AND ARTS GRADUATES AND MORE YOUNG PEOPLE EQUIPPED WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS. THE PRESIDENT TOLD A MEETING OF LEADING OFFICIALS RECENTLY THAT UNDUE EMPHASIS ON THE HUMANITIES AND ON GENERAL DEGREES MEANT THAT A LOT OF THE MONEY SPENT ON EDUCATION RESULTS IN THE PRODUCTION OF WASTED MANPOWER. HE HAS ORDERED A DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF SKILLED MANPOWER NEEDS IN EVERY SECTION OF PAKISTANI LIFE.

    THE REPORT ALSO INCLUDES SCENES OF NEW HOUSING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. ONE OF THE TARGETS IN THE PRESENT FIVE YEAR PLAN IS TO PROVIDE 5 1/2 MILLION JOBS TO ABSORB THE ENTIRE INCREASE IN ITS LABOUR FORCE.

    FILM ENDS WITH A FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC IN DACCA WHERE HOUSEWIVES ARE BEING INSTRUCTED ABOUT THE LATEST CONTRACEPTIVE TECHNIQUES. THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS BEING MADE IN PAKISTAN WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE UNLESS THE BIRTHRATE CAN BE CONTROLLED. THE NATION HAS A POPULATION OF NEARLY 120 MILLION PEOPLE, BUT EXPERTS SAY THERE HAS BEEN A POTENTIAL REDUCTION IN THE BIRTHRATE BY NEARLY TWO MILLION SINCE THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN 1965. TO BE ECONOMICALLY INDEPENDENT BY 1970, PAKISTAN WILL HAVE TO PREVENT BETWEEN 5 AND 6 MILLION BIRTHS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA15WONEBVVY17XZ26FVTDXO4BR
    Media URN:
    VLVA15WONEBVVY17XZ26FVTDXO4BR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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