ISLAMABAD - The government of Japan has decided to extend grant assistance of approximately US$ 11 million (867 million yen) to Pakistan for strengthening mechanical & architecture departments in GCT (Government College of Technology) Railway Road, Lahore. The official notes for this project were signed and exchanged on 6th July 2011 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Statistics in Islamabad between Hiroshi Oe, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Abdul Wajid Rana, Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Statistics. The aim of this grant project is to support the Government of Pakistan to develop human resources, which would help revive the economy and reduce poverty. It is in line with the view of ensuring human security and human development, which is one of the priority areas of Japans Country Assistance Programme for Pakistan. In this project, lecture buildings for the Architectural Department will be constructed to strengthen the capacity of students especially of females, and educational and training equipment for the Architectural and Mechanical Departments will be provided to meet the needs of the industrial sector. Prior to extending this grant assistance, Japan is currently carrying out technical cooperation project aiming at curriculum improvement and instructor training to meet the needs of the industrial sector. At the signing ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador expressed his hope that GCT Railway Road will successfully contribute to Pakistan as COE (Centres of Excellence). , and as an advanced technical and vocational training model school in Pakistan, and further, that the two projects combined will bring about synergy.