Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed that the newly constructed buildings of the colleges should be handed over to the education department and classes should be started in these buildings from September 2021.
He has further directed the relevant quarters to expedite work on new and ongoing projects of establishing colleges and said that the provincial government was spending huge resources which aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education and providing conducive environment to students.
He was chairing a meeting of the Higher Education Department at Chief Minister House Peshawar. Special Assistant to CM on Higher Education Kamran Bangash, Principal Secretary to CM Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary Higher Education Daud Khan and other relevant senior officials attended the meeting.
While briefing the meeting about functional colleges of the province, it was told that a total of 303 colleges are fully functional across the province, out of total 177 colleges are for male students and 126 for females. It was further informed that some 67 colleges are under construction including 29 colleges for female students. The meeting was informed that a total of 42 new colleges have been reflected in current Annual Development Program (ADP) including 12 colleges in newly merged districts. During the last financial year 20 colleges have been completed while 25 more colleges are due for completion. The meeting was informed that a plan has been devised for the establishment of specialized colleges adding that a consolidated summary has been prepared regarding land requirement for new colleges in rural and urban areas of the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2021.
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