Chitral is district having great strategic importance. It is rated one of the highest in terms of literacy, both male and female, in Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw. Thousands of Chitrali students go to various places, in Pakistan and overseas, for the purpose of higher education and a large number of students who could not afford the costs give up education at university level. It is high time some strategic and visionary thinking was done to ensure a bright future of the people. And keeping in view the same vision a full fledged university should be established in Chitral.

A university today will help the future generation easy access to higher education. It will take sometime for the university to mature and by then the number of feeding colleges and institutions would grow also. Even today the number of students enrolled in Shaheed Benazir Buttho University, Shiringarh, from Chitral alone is higher than the actual strength of students studying on campus. Interestingly there are 10 departments and on average there are 4 teachers in each department. Another university established in the name of a politician Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, has a sub campus in Chitral.

This university has 12 departments and there are 127 teachers including teaching assistants. These statistics are taken from the official websites of the respective universities, which could be accessed by anyone who wants clarification. Now instead of the leadership fighting for the cause of quality education in Chitral, they are seen accompanying politicians on the openings of sub campuses. Hats off to them who have done such a wonderful job for Chitral! Though Chitral has intellectuals of high calibre this issue has remained untouched as the education bombs (sub campuses) have been dropped on  Chitral.

This will push the quality of education into a bleak corner if proper action is not taken. Chitral is well linked with northern Afghanistan and hopefully will be linked with Central Asia in the coming years. Establishing a university in Chitral is the wisest thing to be done in the wake of current situation.

SYED GOHAR ALI SHAH,

Chitral, January 17.