600 Pakistani students studying in Cuba on Scholarships: NA told

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Balighur Rehman informed the National Assembly during question hour on Thursday that 600 Pakistani students are studying in Cuba at present under the title “1000 Scholarships for studies in General Comprehensive Medicine” (equivalent to MBBS).

The National Assembly resumed session with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. The minister said that 907 students were sent to Cuba under the said project to pursue education in medicine and surgery. Out of these 307 students have completed studies and returned to Pakistan.

To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Raja Javed Ikhlas told the House that the subject of environment had been devolved to the provinces after the 18th Constitution Amendment.

However, the federal government has jurisdiction in federal capital territory and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. He said three industrial units which violated the rules are being proceeded in the Environmental Protection Tribunal, Islamabad.

Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha told the House that the government has declared 403 monuments and sites as protected National Heritage under the Antiquities Act 1975. These sites are presently being looked after by the concerned provincial departments.

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