ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi has announced the launch of the first ever university in the newly merged districts of ex-FATA, a catalyst project of for the people of tribal areas who have been deprived of their basic rights since the creation of Pakistan.
Sajid Hussain Turi had a meeting with the Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed.
It was decided in the meeting that one university will be established in every district of ex-FATA (commonly known as newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) so that the students there do not face any difficulties in obtaining higher education and they are not deprived of their basic right of getting higher education.
The progress and prosperity of the region depended on quality education.
The educated youth would have more opportunities in this era of competition. Education is a form of investment as it provides a stream of income just as any other investment would.
The minister said that it has been ardent desire that universities be established in all tribal districts including Karam district and today he is happy to announce that Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) in Karam district is being established. He further added that a formal decision has been taken to establish a university in Parachinar, which will be inaugurated soon and admissions in various fields of science, IT and arts will be announced from the new academic year.
Th federal minister said that classes initially will be held temporarily in Government College No. 2 Parachinar but in the previous government of Pakistan People’s Party, acres of land was purchased for the construction of a magnificent building for the university, on which the construction will be started by the end of this year.
Sajid Hussain Turi said that this university will be the first university in the history of tribal areas for which he is very excited, adding he was grateful to the then President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani who announced funds to purchase land for Kurram University.
The Federal Minister Sajid Hussain Turi said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has a special role in the development, health and education of tribal districts and under the patronage of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, all efforts are underway to bring tribal districts into the national mainstream of the Country through development in all sectors.
The minister said that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has offered his full support for the development of the newly merged districts of FATA and emphasized that the rehabilitation of tribal areas is the top priority of his government.
The minister stressed that very soon universities will be opened in other districts of ex-FATA which will certainly play a key role in the better future of the youth there. He said that education has special priority near him to build an educated generation for tomorrow Pakistan.