ISLAMABAD: In an effort to developing top quality higher education system for transforming

Pakistan into a Knowledge Economy, the government has approved eight projects worth Rs 36

billion, which include establishment of university sub-campuses in districts, AJK Women

University and PhD scholarship programme.

Thousands of students belonging to far-flung areas would be benefitted from university sub-

campuses or campuses to be set up in every district, according to official sources. As many as

10,000 PhDs will be produced in next ten years under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor to

provide Pakistan high quality human resource for next decade.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has already been instructed to establish a task force

on Higher Education and Employment to align academic programmes of universities with job

market, and regulate programmes on basis of job opportunities, development priorities and

research needs.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has accorded the approval of eight projects in

this regard in a recently held meeting chaired by Minister Planning, Development and Reform

Prof Ahsan Iqbal, and attended by senior officers of the provincial governments and ministries


The second important projects is the establishment of university campuses and sub-campuses in

districts, which would cost Rs 4.587 billion, and was recommend to the Executive Committee of

the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

Others projects included establishment of the AJK Women University Baagh worth Rs 886

million with an FEC of Rs131 million, provision of new facilities and infrastructure for main

campus of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, at a cost of Rs 1.2 billion,

strengthening of academic and professional facilities at the University of Peshawar worth

Rs820.63 million having FEC of Rs489 million, strengthening of the Institute of Biotechnology

at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, worth Rs 588 million with FEC of Rs53 million,

strengthening and expansion of the Balochistan University of Information Technology,

Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) Quetta worth about Rs1 billion and

strengthening of academic and research programs at National University of Modern Languages

(NUML) Islamabad with a cost of Rs 747 million with the FEC of Rs 302 million. For the last

project, Prof Ahsan Iqbal instructed cost rationalization without compromising the standard of


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