Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) plans to set up five new universities and 36 campuses, in the next three years.

The move is aimed at enhancing coverage of higher education, at the district level. Currently, there are 171 public and private sector universities and 88 sub-campuses, in the country. According to official documents, the government has earmarked Rs 71.5 billion during the current fiscal year for the higher education. About Rs 20.5 billion will be allocated for 143 projects of the higher education commission, which will support development plans of different universities all over the country.