LAHORE: The Lahore Knowledge Park (LKP) project will help promote knowledge economy in the country by providing world-class facilities of higher education and learning to students coming from Pakistan and across the globe, said Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani.
He was speaking during a briefing given to him about LKP project at his office on Monday. Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Nizamuddin was also present on the occasion.
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The minister said this project will also provide best facilities for research and innovation in different fields. The LKP will provide ideal educational environment, he said, adding the project would be fully solar powered and best possible security would be arranged. Similarly, it would be a high-tech knowledge park having all amenities of life for students, teachers and researchers.
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) had declared LKP a special development zone, while the Environment Protection Department had termed it an environment-friendly initiative. The meeting was informed that two top-level universities of Italy had agreed in principle to set up their international campuses at the LKP.
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A 200-bed hospital by Karolinska Cancer Institute of Sweden has also been planned with advanced research facilities.
The Punjab government has allocated Rs21 billion between 2015 and 2018 for the development works at the knowledge park.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2016.