Abdul Khaliq Qureshi
Advisor to Chief Minister for Information and Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani has said that the KP govt was according top priority to education and health sector. Following vision Imran Khan quality higher education is being made accessible to poor students as well by establishing higher education institutions in remote and economically backward areas. He revealed that KP govt has planned to set up at least one university or university campus in each district of the province.
He was addressing as chief guest at foundation stone laying ceremony of construction of academic and administration blocks and inauguration of new Information Technology Lab of Abbottabad University of Science and Technology (AUST) on Saturday. Vice Chancellor AUST, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed also spoke on the occasion while ex-MPA Nisar Safdar, faculty members and students of the university attended the function. The buildings will be completed at a cost of Rs. 230 million.
Recalling history of the university, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani told that he had been successful for setting up full-fledged university on the same site in 2015 which was earlier proposed for Hazara University. But, he added, unfortunately the then politicians in power had deprived the people of Abbottabad by shifting the university to Mansehra. Mr. Ghani said that after assuming power in 2013, being son of the soil he felt the responsibility of establishing university in Abbottabad district and his endeavors in this respect proved fruitful.
He told that during the last one and a half year the present KP Government has also established two women universities, one technical university of supreme standard and many new colleges in the province adding that Haripur University is also being upgraded to Applied Sciences University in accordance with international standards with technical assistance of top five Austrian universities.