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PU should begin market-oriented programmes: Governor Maqbool

LAHORE, Aug 7: Governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool on Monday said the Punjab University (PU) should start market-oriented programmes.

According to a press release issued by the PU, the governor expressed these views while talking to PU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Arif Butt and other officials during his visit to the PU Old Campus. He said the government had abundant funds for infrastructure and academic expansion of universities.

Governor also visited the Art Gallery of the University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) and appreciated students' efforts and asked various questions about their projects. He also appreciated the performing arts programmes of the college and asked the authorities to prepare master plan for the extension of the building keeping in the view the upcoming architectural programmes to be initiated by the college.

The governor asked the students about educational facilities and the problems they faced at the campus. Students expressed their satisfaction on the congenial atmosphere of the campus. The governor also visited the PU Pharmacy College and expressed his satisfaction on the performance of the college. He visited all the building of the campus and instructed to expand and renovate the building according to the needs.

PU Registrar Professor Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, PUCIT Principal Dr Mansoor Sarwar, College of Pharmacy Principal Professor Dr Muhammad Jamshaid, PUCAD Principal Sayed Shahnawaz Zaidi, project director Sheikh Muhammad Ali, resident officer professor Zahid Karim and Chaudhry Muhammad Younis were also present on the occasion.

'Govt funding to raise university standards': The government is funding universities to achieve international standards to ensure a bright future for the younger generation, Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool was quoted as saying in a press release on Monday.

He was talking to reporters after his four-day session with the vice chancellors of 17 government universities. He said the government had allocated Rs 22 billion with the cooperation of the Higher Education Commission for the improvement of the government universities. He said the funds for universities in Punjab had been increased from Rs 20 million to Rs 40 million. He said government-sponsored scholarships would help poor students pursue higher education.

He said adequate funds had been allocated to the Punjab University, Faisalabad Agriculture University and Bahauddin Zikriya University. He said the universities would set up their regional campuses in various cities of the province. He said the government had allocated Rs 120 million for the Islamia University Bahawalpur to start management and commerce classes this year. Daily times
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