Rawalpindi - Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar vowed on Saturday to make all-out efforts to get status of university for Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, so that young women could get quality higher education near their houses.

He said that the college had been imparting best education among the women of the town as well as other parts of the district. “The performance of students in education, curricular and co-curricular activities is appreciable,” Raja said.

The minister expressed these views while addressing a ceremony titled “Strong Women, Better Pakistan” at Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, on Saturday. In the ceremony, medals were given to the female students of various colleges who excelled in sports competitions.

On the occasion, Director Colleges Prof Humayun Iqbal, College Principal Aalia Suhail, MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed, MPAs Zebun Nisa Awan and Raja Hanif Advocate, PML-N leader Dr Jamal Nasir, principles, faculty and students of various colleges were also present.

At a moment, two faculty members of Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, stood up and chanted slogan “Go Nawaz Go”. However, both were gagged by their other colleagues.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, speaking on the occasion, said that he would take up the matter of giving the college status of university with the government in upcoming days. He said that the students of postgraduate college performed very well in sports competitions. He said that the Punjab government under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister was taking concrete steps to facilitate the women in education and sports fields. He said that the government had also released Rs 15 million for building educational block in the college.

Earlier, Principal Aalia Suhail presented the progress report of the college in detail and requested the minister to play his due role to convert the college into university. She presented souvenir to the chief guest.

The minister and his team also visited the fine arts department of the college and appreciated the art work of the students. While the minister was visiting fine arts department, a group of female students was chanting the slogan “Go Nawaz Go.” Some students also criticised the official protocol of the minister saying, “The government and its ministers should adopt simplicity and avoid wasting national kitty on protocol.”