Education has always been important to any democratic country but, perhaps never more so in man's history than today. In a world based on science and technology, it is education that determines the level of prosperity, welfare and security of people and serves as a powerful instrument of social, economic and cultural transformation necessary for the realization of the national goals. Certainly, on the quality and number of students coming out of our educational institutions will determine our success in the great enterprise of national reconstruction whose principal objective is to relate education to the life, needs and aspirations of our people and thereby raise the standard of their living. It was with this objective that the KC Social Welfare Trust was founded in 1999. I welcome you whole heartily to join our group.