Swat Islamic university establishment plan

Plan of establishing Swat Islamic university shelved
Peshawar, Nov 5: The government has abandoned the plan of establishing an Islamic university at Imam Dheri and instead decided to set up a general university named Swat University, sources said.

Before launching the military operation in Swat, the government had agreed, under a peace deal with militants, to establish an Islamic university at Imam Dheri, the native village of Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah, on the pattern of International Islamic University, Islamabad.

However, after dismantling the militant hideouts in Swat, the government has now decided to establish a general university in its place, the sources said.

In the peace deal, it was proposed that the Islamic university would be supervised by a committee comprising district police officer, district coordination officer, three MPAs and the same number of members from the Imam Dehri Markaz of Taliban.

The university plan was reflected in the federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) as well as in the provincial Annual Development Programme (ADP) with a token allocation of Rs50 million and Rs13 million, respectively. The provincial government had directed the higher education department to process the case on fast track.

A project director/vice-chancellor designate was also appointed to accelerate establishment of the university and a temporary campus of the university was established at the Government Jehanzab Postgraduate College at Saidu Sharif.

However, after Taliban violated the peace deal and the subsequent military operation against them, the federal government dropped the scheme from the PSDP, 2009-10.

Later, on a request of the provincial government, the federal government agreed to establish a general university that will offer science and technology, ethics and social sciences programmes.

Two sites for the university have been selected by the committee concerned, 1,000 kanals of land in the northeast of Mingora and a 322-kanal land which was acquired by the agriculture department for establishing a research centre for livestock in the Charbagh village on the Mingora-Kalam road.

The local administration has proposed that the university should be established away from the divisional headquarters to avoid future congestion and pressure on the already fragile infrastructure of Swat.

The higher education department has suggested the government to appoint a university teacher as project director rather than a non-professional person. It has also suggested that with the changing of the name, the provincial government will have to redraft the regulation of the Swat university and seek its approval from the president.

When contacted, secretary for higher education Attaur Rehman Lodhi said the fate of the university in Swat had yet not been decided. "I can't say anything categorically about the provincial government's intentions regarding the university," he said. However, he said a decision about the university would be taken in a few days. Dawn

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Establishment of Jalozai Campus of the NWFP University
Peshawar: Pre-design services, geo technical investigation and survey of site for establishment of Jalozai Campus of the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar have been completed in consultation with the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak), while infrastructural work on the project would start shortly.

This was stated by Engineer Mohammad Tariq, the project director of the HEC-funded mega project worth Rs6.5 billion, while briefing the tender opening meeting for infrastructural work of the project.

The infrastructural work will cost Rs500 million and include roads, drainage, water-supply system, tube-wells and boundary wall around the campus, he added.He said that the campus would become fully operational in 2014, adding that the project aimed at developing a world-class campus having eight departments for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in engineering disciplines.

"Keeping in view that the UET is working in a cramped area having inadequate infrastructural facilities located within Peshawar University, the establishment of Jalozai Campus would help upgrade the UET by expanding its capacity and improving the quality of education," he said.

The project director said that the campus would have residential facilities for teaching staff including 111 houses and nine hostels.The campus will house 3,200 students with residential facilities, including academic blocks, teaching staff residences, mosque, library, sports and recreational facilities, he added.

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Commerce college in Balakot soon: minister
Mansehra: NWFP Minister for Industries Syed Ahmad Hussain Shah said Wednesday that the provincial government would build a commerce college near Balakot at a cost of Rs200 million.

Addressing a meeting in Balakot, he said students would be able to get professional education after completion of the project. He said preliminary work on the project had been completed and six acres of land was being acquired for the purpose.

The minister said that master degree programmes in business administration and computer science would also be started at the college. Syed Ahmad Hussain Shah said the provincial government was also working on a comprehensive programme to send abroad the people from earthquake-affected areas on work visas with relaxed conditions. Hussain Shah said that non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders should also launch projects to facilitate the earthquake affectees. The news

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Two women teachers shot dead in Bajaur
Khar: Two women teachers were gunned down in Shandai Mor area of Bajaur on Wednesday.

According to eyewitnesses, masked gunmen stopped a vehicle, dragged the women out and sprayed them with bullets. Two men sitting in the vehicle also suffered bullet wounds.

The women were going home from their school in Khar. The incident took place in a high security zone where there are many security checkposts. Sources said that Shazia Begum and Shamim Begum worked in a government-run community school.

They belonged to Malakand district and lived in a government colony. Their bodies were sent to their villages. The injured were identified as Liaquat and Nadir.

Meanwhile, security forces captured 12 suspected militants during search operations in Khar and Mamond areas and two militants, Mahmood Khan and Ziaur Rehman, surrendered. Troops destroyed the house of suspected militant leader Sher Khan in Khar. Dawn

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