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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 ten years.

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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