18 varsities set-up in three years
ISLAMABAD, Oct 27: The
government has set-up 18 universities in different parts of the country to
enhance access of students to higher education during last three years.
Of the total, nine universities
were established in public sector and the same number of universities were
set-up in private sector, said a latest data available.
It said students enrolment in
universities and degree awarding institutes has witnessed 60 per cent increase
and efforts are also afoot to raise project access to higher education further
in the years to come which has reached around 3.8 per cent.
Besides setting-up new varsities,
15 new campuses of the seven public sector universities were also opened and 23
new and advanced disciplines such as proteomics, genomics, bio-informatics,
space science and avionics, earthquake engineering, machtronics and material
chemistry were launched at various universities.
The data shows that the government
is also in process of setting-up nine universities of engineering, science and
technology with international collaborations to bridge the gap between the
existing set up in Pakistan and the internationally accredited standards of
Four of these universities are
expected to commence MS Engineering Programmes in 2008 at Lahore, Sialkot,
Karachi and Muridkey.
During the period around 2340
scholarships were granted under 21 different scholarship schemes for PhD studies
abroad in different countries. Of the total, 1287 successful candidates are
already abroad and getting education at universities in Austria, France,
Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, China, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore,
Thailand and Korea.
Similarly, during the period 2861
scholarships under Indigenous Ph.D programme were awarded and these students are
currently pursuing PhD studies all across Pakistan in public sector
Around 237 highly qualified
foreign professions including 92 foreign nationals have been hired under Foreign
Faculty Program during last three years and placed on long-term assignments
across the country.
Additionally, 175 foreign
professions are working on short-term assignments.
The government also launched 133
mega projects costing over Rs. 70 billion in the fields of engineering,
agriculture, medical sciences, social and basic sciences.
During the period mentioned above,
200 projects costing over Rs. 36 billion were launched for improving library
facilities, IT and networking infrastructure, transport, lab equipments, sports
facilities and students services.
In order to promote,
university-industry linkages, the government approved 14 projects.
Furthermore, Higher Education
Commission (HEC) and Competitive Support Fund (CSF) are also collaborating to
promote knowledge based enterprise sector involving private sector and Pakistani
universities in commercially viable research projects under a shared financing
Ranking of universities and degree
awarding institutions has been launched to promote sense of competition and
create awareness about the quality of institutions.
The data further shows 18
universities have been connected through Video Conferencing Facility to promote
interactive distant learning, interactive meeting and interviews, international
E-Conferences and live events through video conferencing arrangement.
Through this facility, students
can also benefit from lecture of high profile national and international
Moreover, 63 universities and
degree awarding universities have been connected on Pakistan Education and
Research Network (PERN) through optical fiber.
The government also initiated
E-Book Support Program and over 40000 electronic books of world's leading
publishers have been acquired to cater for the specific needs of the
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