LAHORE   - British Council will organise an international conference on the concept of Knowledge Park Lahore in the first week of May under its International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education (INSPIRE) Programme in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Department.

This conference will help attract world reputed educational institutions and ICT companies to invest in the proposed Knowledge Park to be established in Lahore over an area of 852 acres of prime land located in close proximity of Defense Housing Authority Lahore.  This was disclosed in a meeting between Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad and Director British Council Richard Weyers on Monday at British Council.

Head of Programmes for International Higher Education, British Council Pakistan Nishat Riaz, Dr Maryam Rab, Ms Danielle Sopo Bhat, Ms Dee Lowry, Ms Sara Pervaiz, British Council’s Programme Managers Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Hassan and Additional Secretary Higher Education Punjab Shahid Zaman attended the meeting.

Mashhood expressed his resolve to make a synergy between economy and education through the proposed Knowledge Park in which educational complexes of world acclaimed universities as well as the market-oriented disciplines of local universities will be established besides setting up the offices of information and communication technology companies.

The minister admitted that there was a dire need to promote the knowledge economy in Pakistan for enabling our youth to excel in every sector and play their role to make Pakistan a more prosperous country. Punjab government will provide a technology-enabled learning environment in Knowledge Park Lahore because it is strategically important to facilitate transfer of technology for progress of Pakistan, he added.

Director British Council Richard Weyers assured the minister that British Council would help provide the youngsters of Pakistan easy access to the most modern knowledge through organising visits of educational as well as technology companies and motivate them to make investment in Lahore so that the goal of transformation of education in this part of the world could be accomplished. 

He suggested that the Punjab government should host the second session of Asian Policy Dialogue Series in Lahore two days prior to the proposed international round table conference on knowledge park Lahore so that a synergy in British Council’s efforts under “INSPIRE” Programme could be made more effective.