PESHAWAR: A government-run technical institute in Bajaur Agency has been upgraded to the status of college. The Government College of Technology (GCT) will be offering mechanical, electrical and civil engineering programmes. Secretary Production and Livelihood Development Department Farrukh Seir said the move comes following special directives from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan. This move will give students in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) access to professional education in their own region, he added. The technical institute was established in 2004, but only offered education in electrical engineering, said Seir. “Thanks to the governor’s keen interest and the untiring efforts of Fata’s additional chief secretary, the college has been realised.” Admissions to the new disciplines have been announced and classes will commence shortly. “The College of Technology is all set to also introduce a Bachelors in Technology (B-Tech) programme in the near future,” added Seir. The GCT can accommodate 160 students – 60 seats for civil engineering, 50 for electrical and 50 for mechanical engineering.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2013.