Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that more and more investment for promotion of education is the guarantee of bright future of the country and nation
and that was the reason, for the first time in history of the province, the government has decided to allocate 4% of Provincial GDP to education sector in budget of upcoming financial year. He said that the budget of higher education is proposed to be Rs.5 billion for next financial year compare to ongoing financial year that stood at Rs.3 billion. He said that efforts are underway for upgrading campus of University of Engineering and Technology in Mardan to a full fledge university. He was addressing a gathering upon inauguration of new academic bloc and hostel building in UET Mardan campus on Monday. UET Finance and Planning Adviser Muhammad Sarwar Khan also addressed the gathering. MNA Hamayat ullah Mayar, Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid, ANP Provincial Vice President Engineer Abbas, District President Farooq Akram Khan, local office bearers, Commissioner Muhammad Adil, DIG Abdullah Khan and other concerned authorities were also present on the occasion.
The CM said that illiteracy, poverty, injustice and unemployment besides specific mindset of militants were the elements that gave birth to current situation in the province and extremists have tried to accomplish their evil design by taking advantage of this space. He said that the government is striving to eradicate poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and injustice. He said that Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa scheme has been initiated for intelligent students along with establishment of seven Universities, 50 colleges and uncount number of new schools. He said that unfortunately the type of quality education and environment in private schools and colleges is not available in government schools and colleges and that is the reason why government institutes can’t compete private institutes. He said that the present government has initiated Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa program for encouragement of students of government institution and scholarships worth Rs.10,000 and Rs.15,000 have been offered to top ten position holders in S.S.C and inter under entire board of the province.
He said that this program launched in 2011 and students of government colleges were not included, however, the government has included them in this year program and it will cost more that Rs. 3 Crore and 39 Lakh for two years on account of scholarship amounting to Rs.15, 000 to students of government colleges. He said that provincial government will also bear education expanses of student enrolled to private institutes in areas that lack government middle and high schools under Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa program in order a child may not be deprived of education right just because of poverty and scarcity of resources, adding, under the scheme, 100 quality private schools were selected in 25 districts of the province under its first phase while 300 more schools will be chosen under its next phase.
The CM said that establishment of Abdul Wali Khan Univeristy Mardan and Bacha Khan Medical College are the remarkable achievements of the present government which are upfront in spreading light of higher education. He said that sub-campuses of Abul Wali Khan University have been established in Nowshera, Swabi, Bunir, upper dir, charsadda and chitral in very short span . He said that legislation will be carried out for Bacha University in Charsadda and Haripur University. He said that entire resources will be utilized for upgrading UET campus in Mardan to a full fledge university and land will be arranged in Bacha Khan Greater education complex for Engineering University and legislation will be made in this connection. He said that sooner establishment of Engineering University in Mardan was his wish and all important efforts will be undertaken in this connection. He said a committee has already been constituted for establishment of new fields of studies in UET campus. He directed authorities of C & W department for estimation of cost on construction of boundary wall around UET campus in order funds are to be released to the University. The CM unveiled logo of the UET campus Mardan on the occasion.
Later on addressing another gathering upon inauguration Commerce College for Women in Mardan, the CM said that the present government has achieved much greater in health, communication, people welfare and education sectors during its four years term compare to efforts undertaken in 60 years. He said that educated mother contributed much in realization of prosperous and successful society. Regarding government steps for promotion of technical education, the CM said that that work on government poly Technical institute on Nowshera Road costing Rs. 27 Crore is in progress and college of Management Sciences costing 15 Crore in Swabi will soon be inaugurated. He approved Rs.5 Crore for Technical and Vocational Centre for Women in Shiekh Maltun Town and Vocational Centre for Boys will e established next year in Hatyan (Mardan).
The CM said that loan worth Rs.3, 00,000 on soft terms have been offered under Hunarmand Rozgar scheme for equipping youth with technical education and promotion of technical education. He said that 1500 youth will be given free training in four prominent technical institutes of the country, adding, currently 700 youth are under training under this program. The CM said that his politics is not limited to a particular constituency or need for vote rather services to the people was centre of his politics and this journey will continue. He said that completion of Eastern, Western By-passes and Ring road will bring pleasant change in lives of people, travel and traffic facilities in Mardan. Earlier the CM inaugurated commerce college for women. He was apprised that the college will be completed in two years costing Rs. 15 crore and 20 lakh and D.Com, DBA, MBA and M.Com courses will be offered in the college. Provincial Industry Secretary Fazal Karim Khattak and higher ups of technical education were also present on the occasion.