Govt keen to promote education in far-flung areas: Mukhtar

Islamabad—The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has taken many initiatives for development of higher education sector in the country during last three years. Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmad on Thursday told APP that the steps taken by HEC during last three years showed the seriousness of the federal government towards the promotion of education sector.
The initiatives were included different scholarship and R&D opportunities available for faculty members, researchers and students, particularly those people who cannot afford higher education on their own expense.
Talking about the educational opportunities for the people of Pakistan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that the Federal Government has increased access and bring education to the doorstep, particularly far-flung and less developed areas of the country during last three years.
He said the federal government was supporting universities who have given their consent to establish sub-campuses in different districts include University of Balochistan at Pishin and Dera Murad Jamali, Lasbela University at Wadh (Khuzdar), Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University at Naushki, and Virtual University at Dera Bugti, Harnai, Jhal Magsi, Killa Abdullah and Ziarat.
Under Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme, the less developed areas of the country included AJK, Balochistan, FATA, Southern Punjab, Sindh have been benefited. A lot of students from the all over the country have received laptops under Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme.
HEC has also taken steps for development of infrastructure in the higher education institutions of Pakistan. The Chairman also gave detail of programmes under Aghaz-e- Huqooq-Balochistan Package as well as Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.—APP

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