Musharraf lauds HEC's efforts to set up 9 varsities
ISLAMABAD, Oct 20: President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday
appreciated the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for its plan to establish nine
universities of engineering, science and technology in the country over the next
At an HEC meeting, Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman made a detailed
presentation to the President and said the temporary campuses of five of these
universities, offering MSc classes, will commence in October next year. The
universities will be set up at a cost of Rs 350 billion over the next decade.
These will be established in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and
other cities in collaboration with Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria,
China, South Korea and Japan.
Each university will have a technology park
in which regional centres of research and development will be established by the
foreign collaborating countries. The rector and key faculty members will be from
the partner countries. In each of these countries, consortia of their top
universities have been formed for the purpose. The foreign countries will also
offer the curriculum, examination system and degrees. At present, parents spend
almost Rs 100 billion annually for sending their children abroad for quality
education. Dr Atta said that the establishment of these universities would
change the scenario and a large number of students from foreign countries will
also compete for coming to Pakistan for quality education. App
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