Khattak perfoms groundbreaking of Swat University
Peshawar—The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak KP has said that without education neither a civilized and peaceful society can be ensured nor the dream of progress and prosperity society can be translated into reality saying that only knowledge and training can curb ignorance, unemployment and extremism.
He was addressing at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 1st phase of the University of Swat at Charbag, Swat on Sunday. Provincial Minister Mehmood Khan, Special Assistants to CM Dr. Amjad Ali, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Advisor, Abdul Haq, elected members of the Parliament, Professors, students and elders of the area attended the ceremony. Dr. Haider Ali, Parliamentary Secretary and Prof. Bakht Jaean, VC of the University also spoke on the occasion the VC highlighted contribution of the university and future plans. It is worth to mention that Rs. 2.5 billion will be incurred on the construction of the first phase of the university and it will be completed in a period of one and half year. Earlier the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the Tehsil Complex building at Kabal Tehsil. USAID will provide Rs. 255.011 million for the construction of the complex .The project will be completed in one year.
The Chief Minister while addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the University of Swat said that the University would be a milestone for the development of residents of Swat and bright future of the new generations of the area. He remarked that it would provide opportunities for women to pursue higher education at their door step .The CM said that people of Swat especially and people of Shangla, Buner and Malakand Division generally would benefit from the establishment of the university He paid tribute to the people of Swat for facing the unfavourable conditions created due to extremism and disasters in the recent past boldly and not losing courage. ‘The worst situation could not lower their morale’, he remarked.
Referring to the steps of the provincial government for the improvement of education, the CM said that the ratio of teachers’ attendance had increased in schools due introduction of monitoring system there. He informed that English has been introduced from the class one in the public schools to provide opportunities to poor youth to achieve high status in the society. The CM explained that six different Universities were being established in the province to produce skilled manpower to overcome unemployment. The Chief Minister said technical centers had been linked to the industries to provide skilled workers required by the industrial sector to facilitate employment opportunities in the province.
Similarly he said that Rs. 500 million under Chief Education Endowment Fund had been allocated to encourage research in the province. He added that Rs 300 million had also earmarked for education endowment funds to promote quality education. He elaborated that University Model Act had been tabled in the provincial assembly to improve quality of education.
Mentioning initiatives for the development of the area, the CM said, the government had planned establishment of Swat expressway, which he hoped would play dynamic role in the development of the entire Malakand Division.
‘The project is planned to link the area to Pakistan-China Economic Corridor Project’, the Chief Minister asserted. In addition he said the government was designing to establish industrial park in Chakdara to exploit mineral and agricultural potential of the area and to create employment opportunity in the division. The CM informed that the provincial government had taken notice of the imposition of income taxes in Malakand Division.
He said that provincial govern had categorically asked the federal government for its with drawl as it was injustice with people of manmade and natural disasters hit area.
He added that the provincial government had suggested to the federal government duty free import of vehicle to curb the menace of the issue of non-custom paid vehicles in Malakand division.