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PR No.248 Islamabad

As part of PML-N government’s policy to give top priority to the education in the country, Planning Commission of Pakistan approved five higher education related projects during the last meeting of Central Development Working Party (CDW) held in mid of January. The approved projects are aimed at improving the education sector carrying out upgradation of infrastructure at the existing educational institutions and setting up of new universities in Balochistan and Kybyer Pakhtunkhwa. Education is part of 4Es pledged in PML-N manifesto, which includes education, energy, economy and exterminating extremism. Federal government is committed to revolutionize education sector by launching of new projects in this sector. Setting up a university in Turbat (Balochistan) has been long-awaited demand of the people for the purpose to provide accessibility to higher education in the area. Planning Commission approved the project which would cost Rs.2.820 billion. The project is to be funded though Public Sector Development Programme. This milestone project would benefit over one million population belonging to Turbat and the adjoining districts including Panjgur, Awaran and Gwadar etc. Setting up of Upper Dir University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is another milestone project to benefit the down trodden areas by benefiting its major towns like Khas Dir, Barawal, Gandigar, Toormang, Darrora etc. Total cost of Upper Dir University of Rs.1.770 billion will be paid by federal government. University of Agriculture Peshawar is the prime and only agriculture university throughout the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Having realized the recently emerged security situation in the province federal government approved Rs.239 million to build boundary wall to ensure safety of students, staff and faculty. As part of federal government’s agenda to establish university campuses at district level, federal government approved establishment of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur Sub Campus at Rahim Yar Khan, located in South Punjab. The project would be helpful to uplift less developed regions of South Punjab, that would ultimately cause positive impacts in the social sector. The project would cost Rs. 726 million rupees that would be fully funded from federal government under higher education budget. HEC. Planning Commission also approved Post Doctoral Fellowship Program (Phase-III), to be competed at a total cost of 2834.680 million. Phase-III envisages awarding 1000 fellowships to the university faculty for post doctoral studies abroad.

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