LAHORE - Four Internationally acclaimed universities of the Republic of Turkey have expressed their willingness to establish sub-campuses of all the four universities in “Knowledge City” to be colonized in Dera Rakh Chahal, Lahore. An 8-member delegation comprised of educationists from Ata Turk University, Gediz University, Dicle University and Fath University, on Tuesday called on the Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Aslam in Civil Secretariat, and showed their intent to collaborate in promotion of higher education in Pakistan through establishing their campuses in the proposed Knowledge City, Lahore.

Welcoming the Turk delegation, Chief Secretary hoped the collaboration between Turkey and Pakistan in higher education sector will yield better prospects for the Pakistani youth and will help Pakistan achieve new horizons of progress and prosperity in the days to come. During the meeting, the Turk delegation was given a detailed presentation regarding the master plan of proposed Knowledge City.

Additional Secretary Higher Education informed the delegation that the Government of Punjab has transferred 705 acre land to the Higher Education Department. This piece of land was under the use of the department of Livestock and Dairy Development as dairy farm which has been shifted to another place. The development work to house campuses of various foreign universities will commence from December this year, he added.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Mirza Sohail Ammer, Vice Chancellor IT University Dr Umer Saif, Vice Chancellor Kind Edward Medical University Dr Faisal Masood, Chairman Punjab Examination Commission Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Special Secretary Higher Education Sohail Shahzad and Secretary P&D.