Govt : will promote higher education and research, Mushtaq Ghani

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani while renewing the commitment of provincial government to develop the nation has said that it is mandatory to promote higher education and modern research for national development but unfortunately this sector has been totally neglected by the past governments but PTI led present government is seriously committed in this regard.

Besides other historical initiatives, huge amount of Rs. 500 million under the Chief Minister Education Endowment Fund and Rs. 300 million under the Higher Education Endowment Fund have been located to achieve the goal through which two foreign scholarships for PHD programmes while 1456 scholarships for four years BS programmes will be provided to eligible candidates purely on merit basis.

This he said while addressing an inaugural session of Forum of Zoologists (FoG) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Colleges at Peshawar on Friday. Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid, Additional Secretary Khalid Khan, President College Teachers Association, Professors, Doctors, Principals of concerned institutions and students attended the ceremony.

Provincial Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani while addressing the ceremony lauded the formation of said forum and termed it as golden step for the promotion of education and research. He said that education was the top priority of the present government.

The youth must come forward to bring about a real change, they would be facilitated according to the needs of hour. Moreover, he said that office of Research Innovation and commercialization in all public and private universities was being established to ensure socio-economic development.

Highlighting the government’s plan “Education for All”, he said that first time in history, the upper age limit of women for admission in degree programme, had been lifted, while 10 years age relaxation and free education facility would also be provided to the special students of degree programmes. Moreover, they would also be exempted for hostel fee and utility bills.

Mushtaq Ghani further stated that issues being faced by lecturers were also being resolved on priority basis, as 241 adhoc lecturers had been regularized. Secretary Higher Education Farrah Hamid and Additional Secretary Khalid Khan also addressed the ceremony. They highly appreciated the formation of the said forum (FoG) and termed it a mile stone in the promotion of modern research.

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