Govt establishing 21 new universities in Punjab: Firdous

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Our Correspondent
Sialkot

The Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said provincial government is establishing 21 new universities in the province.

In a tweet on Tuesday, she said seven universities are being established in most backward districts which will enlighten those areas with knowledge.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said PTI government is determined to establish university in every district of the Punjab.

The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has allowed affiliation of the public and private colleges with private universities without taking the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on board.

The provincial cabinet has approved the policy in violation of the directions of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The HEC had imposed a ban on private universities to affiliate any public and private college but the HED has allowed the affiliation.

According to documents available with Dawn, the HED has approved affiliation of public and private colleges with private universities of the province.

The private universities have been allowed to affiliate any public and private college but they (universities) will have to get approval of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC).

The private universities will have to give affiliations of the subjects approved by the Accreditation Committee and no objection certificate (NOC) from the departments concerned. The private universities have been allowed to get examinations of the students of the affiliated colleges.

Under the policy, the colleges will have to submit an application for getting affiliation six months before the start of the academic year and must have a minimum 0.5 acre or four-kanal land for setting up any institute or college.

That provision has been made for well stocked libraries and well equipped laboratory facilities and other practical work where affiliation is sought in any branch of experimental science.

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