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