Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that establishment of the University of Haripur was of prime importance in the backdrop of CPEC. “We have to produce skilled manpower keeping in view the future needs of the region.” The Chief Minister said this while presiding over a meeting here on Thursday.
Advisor to CM on Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani, Advisor to CM on C&W Akbar Ayub, MPA Mian Khaleeq-ur-Rehman, former Minister Yusaf Ayub, Dr. Ataur Rehman, Secretary Higher Education, Zafar Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr, Dr. Nasir and other attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that the government would allocate 8.2 billion rupees for the university. An amount of Rs 272 million has already been released and each year the university will receive 1.2 billion rupees. The provincial government will provide total allocation within a period of 7 to 8 years.
It is the first university which would concentrate on practical education along with the theoretical one. The students getting education in this university would be given the degree of Austrian University in the related discipline. A memorandum of understanding has already been signed with four renowned universities of the Austria. Next year the university will start classes, the meeting told.
The Chief Minister also directed for appointment of Dr. Nasir as Project Director for the Haripur University expediting pace of work on the university. The Chief Minister said that the university would spread over a 800 kanal of land. However, his government would acquire additional land so that the university should have its own endowment to stand on its own feet and meet its future requirements.
He assured that the sphere of this university would be spread to the entire province. He recounted different nations having no advantages that we have and that were natural advantages but still those nations made progress of sound educational background. Pervez Khattak said that no one should be under fallacy that this province would have to move forward in the changing situation because of the CPEC, therefore, we wanted a strong team and strong institutions with transparent working system and we have to fulfill all the needs and requirements of the youth who would run these institutions.
He came hard on the red-tapism obstructing the progress. We are at fight against status quo and we are at fight against the whimsical decisions. He added to remove all the hurdles and ensured smooth progress.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister talked to a delegation of Professors adding that the people through their vote gave a responsibility to his government to rectify the system. He asked the professors not to be part of the status quo but be part of the rebuilding process. We have brought along a system of reward and punishment and under the system all would be treated on equal basis.
He called upon the professors to concentrate on producing brains for the system. He would not compromise on biometric system, dedication and removing the wrongs in the system. We wanted the teaching community to concentrate on the education of youth, produce result and his government would resolve their problems. Today’s youth is more dynamic and more apprehensive about education therefore we would have to focus on them, he added.