MANSEHRA -    Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah said on Friday said that the government was trying its best to educate future generation and enable them to get higher knowledge.

He said the government was committed to encourage talented students not only for their studies abroad but also in the country through scholarships.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of laptop award under the auspices of the Government of KPK at Hazara University Mansehra.

The governor said that the laptop facility would increase the educational and research activities of the young scholars and further facilitate the researchers to continue their studies and develop the culture of applying information technology to strengthen their capabilities.

He said that institutions of higher learning were playing a great role in promotion of knowledge and socio-economic uplift of the respective people.

The need-oriented, “research-based support and cooperation to relevant private and public sector commercial institutions are doing wonders in societies across the word,” he added.

The governor assured every possible support to complete development projects of the university and materialise the desired schemes.

He said that he would use all tools and leverage to extend every possible assistance to Hazara University in easing its financial difficulties.

Earlier, in a welcome note Prof. Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah, Vice Chancellor Hazara University, said that being a nascent institution it was quite a miracle that the Hazara University had registered a prestigious ranking status of 8th at national level and number two at provincial level.

The University has managed to publish more than 700 research papers in the international journal besides signing MoUs and collaborations with a number of famous universities of the industrialised world.

He said that Hazara University has initiated the Ph.D programs in different disciplines and about 13 PhDs in Genetics, Education, Microbiology, Chemistry and Physics etc. had already completed their degree requirements.

Many more Ph.Ds are in the pipeline, which is a rare distinction in the Province as Hazara University suffered colossal losses during the devastating earthquake of 2005.

In the aftermaths of this terrible earthquake most of the students and faculty left the university for good. After great efforts the students’ enrollment was managed up to 4,000.

The university management and faculty showed remarkable resilience to continue their academic activities even in the tents and later on in the hurriedly completed pre-fabricated structure.

Now the university is catering the academic and research need of more than 9000 students on its two campuses.

The 10 Turkish academic blocks, which were expected to meet the major requirements of over 9000 students, were abandoned by the Turkish NGO (Light House) in the final stages of construction.

The vice chancellor requests the Governor for personal attention for arranging necessary funds to complete these blocks.

During the financial crunch and slashing of the budgetary allocations, the University has been facing a perpetual deficit in the recurring budget. It urgently requires a one time of grant of Rs260 million to overcome that deficit incurred for the development of the Haripur Campus into a full-fledged University.

The governor paid a visit to the campus and inspected the leftover work of Turkish Academic Blocks and under construction USAID funded project of faculty of education building.

Later on talking to the news man he said that coming election activities are in full swing in Fata and province all kind of measure heave been taken to conduct the peaceful polling.

The governor planted sapling of deodar in front of the administration block as memory of his visit.

The members of the Senate, syndicate of the university, teachers community, students, researchers, elites of the area attended the ceremony at large.