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Expansion of Punjab University campus delayed

GUJRANWALA, Aug 31: Non-provision of a Rs300 million special grant to the Punjab University has delayed expansion of its Gujranwala Campus.

Under the expansion plan, the university had to acquire 10 acres agricultural land, construct new blocks at the campus and begin MA English and journalism classes.

The Punjab government had promised to provide Rs300 million for Gujranwala Campus expansion when President Musharraf visited the campus a few months ago. In the hope that the government will release the grant soon, the university administration acquired land from people, but later it could not register it due to a lack of funds.

Construction work on new blocks also remained suspended owing to a lack of funds and as a result the university could not begin new master's classes.

Punjab University's Gujranwala Campus Director Dr Liaquat said the university administration and the provincial government had been informed about the prevailing situation. However, he said the expansion plan would be completed soon.

It was stated that several rich people had also promised to provide money for the campus expansion in the presence of the president and Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, but they had yet to honour their promises. Dawn
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