ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved eight projects relating to higher education worth Rs28.9 billion for providing scholarships and strengthening of infrastructure and other facilities.
A mega project worth Rs20.9 billion for Overseas Scholarships (Phase-III) has been approved to send 2,000 Pakistani scholars to foreign universities for doctoral studies.
College of Nursing and Community Medicine
This will be established at at Peoples University of Medical Sciences, Nawabshah, with a cost of Rs603 million.
Sub-campus of National Textile University
To be at Karachi at a cost of Rs875.5 million, and establishment of Science Laboratory and Creative Art Centre, IBA University, Sukkur at a cost of Rs852.6 million.
Other projects include:
the development of academic and research facilities at the University of Kotli at a cost of Rs13389 million
the establishment of Women Campuses at Kohat and Bannu worth Rs1958 million
Institute of Science and Technology at Bahawalpur at a cost of Rs2290 million.
It is pertinent to mention that most of the development projects will be executed in less-developed areas:
Nawabshah, Sukkur, Kotli, Bahawalpur, Kohat and Bannu.
The ultimate goal of the whole effort is that access to quality higher education is increased and the academics, researchers and higher learning institutions play an effective role for developing a knowledge-based economy and identify and provide solutions for various challenges faced by Pakistani society.