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HEC to spend Rs 3bn on education in Balochistan: Atta
ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would spend Rs 3 billion on the provision of quality education in Balochistan in light of President Pervez Musharraf’s vision for the province’s fast-track development.

Chairman HEC Dr Atta-ur-Rehman told reporters that the measures taken by the commission were in line with the president’s strategy and has started yielding results in Balochistan, which suffered neglect in the past.

“It is the top priority of the president to develop the province on modern lines through improved primary and secondary education besides promoting higher education in the province,” he added.

Chairman HEC said under the president’s initiative the universities in Balochistan would be upgraded with improved infrastructure, modern teaching equipment, up-to-date curriculum and better faculties.

“These include improvement of the Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University, Lasbella Agriculture University, Khuzdar University and up gradation of facilities at Balochistan University,” he added.

Dr Atta said Rs 970 million has been earmarked for Balochistan University to provide modern educational facilities at this premier institution of the province.

He said about 1,200 students have been granted scholarships to pursue post-graduate studies at quality foreign institutions.

Many of them, he said, would return home to serve in Balochistan universities as members of faculty. This is part of the Rs 15 billion training programme for the students in top educational institutions abroad, he added.

He said the president, who visited Balochistan in December was briefed about the problems being faced by the students and the faculty in Balochistan, including shortage of buses in Balochistan University.

He said the president took prompt notice of acute shortage of transport facilities in the university, following burning of its fleet of buses by miscreants.

He said the president directed the HEC to provide six buses to the university, adding that Rs 22 million have been provided for immediate release.

“President’s prompt decision reflects his keen desire to develop Balochistan, especially its educational infrastructure,” Dr Atta said.

He said never in the history of the country, such extensive measures were taken to promote education and provide modern facilities at the top academic institutions of Balochistan.

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