MARDAN - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said That his government has planned to upgrade the University of Engineering and Technology Mardan campus making it a full-fledged engineering university next year.

He was speaking at the inauguration of Bacha Khan Academic Block of UET, Mardan campus held here on Monday. He said the new university would have cutting edge engineering disciplines at Bacha Khan Greater Education Complex, for which 1000-kanal land had been allocated.

The chief minister said promotion of education was his government’s top priority to deal with the negative forces in the society adding the solution of such ills is “education” only. He, on the spot, directed the C&W Department to construct a boundary wall around Mardan campus and assured his cooperation to facilitate the university management in related issues.   

“Decision has been made to increase the Higher Education budget from Rs 3 billion to Rs 5 billion for the province,” he said, adding that the Government of KPK would take lead in allocating 4 per cent of its GDP for education so as to fulfill the long-awaited desire of Vice Chancellors of KPK public universities”.

Hoti said the Academic Block at Mardan Campus was named after Bacha Khan to honour him for matchless sacrifices for Pakhtuns and his “Khudai Kidmtgar Tahreek”, adding that, “we need to follow in his footprints if we want to see a prosperous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”   

Earlier, Advisor Finance and Planning, UET Peshawar, Sarwar Khan said Mardan Campus was established in 2002 on 800 acre land with fully equipped and state of the art laboratories and research being carried under qualified Ph.D faculty at Telecommunication Engineering and Computer Software Engineering Departments.

He urged the need to establish electrical engineering (Power) and civil engineering departments at Mardan Campus, owing to great demand in the Province. He said “every year over 10,000 deserving candidates are left out of admission to UET, Peshawar due to limited capacity”. He said setting up of UET Jalozai campus would also be helpful to meet the ever-increasing demand in engineering; however, the present government’s initiative was a welcoming step towards the fulfillment of goal.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that more investment for promotion of education was the guarantee of bright future of the country that was why the government for the first time in history of the province decided to allocate 4 per cent of provincial GDP for education sector in the budget of upcoming financial year.

He said that the budget of higher education was proposed to be Rs 5 billion for next financial year as compared to ongoing financial year that stood at Rs 3 billion. He said efforts are under way for upgrading campus of University of Engineering and Technology in Mardan to a full-fledged university.

He was addressing a gathering upon inauguration of new academic block and hostel building in UET Mardan campus on Monday.

He said that the present government has initiated Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa programme for encouragement of students of government institutions and scholarships worth Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 have been offered to top 10 position holders in SSC and intermedite under entire board of the province.

The CM said that establishment of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan and Bacha Khan Medical College is the remarkable achievement of the present government which are upfront in spreading light of higher education. He said that sub-campuses of Abul Wali Khan University have been established in Nowshera, Swabi, Bunir, upper dir, charsadda and chitral in very short span.

Later, addressing another gathering upon inauguration of Commerce College for Women in Mardan, the CM said that the present government has achieved much greater in health, communication, people welfare and education sectors during its four years term compare to efforts undertaken in 60 years.

He said that educated mother contributed much in realization of prosperous and successful society.  Regarding government steps for promotion of technical education, the CM said that that work on government poly Technical institute on Nowshera Road costing Rs 27 crore is in progress and college of Management Sciences costing 15 crore in Swabi will soon be inaugurated. He approved Rs 5 crore for technical and vocational centre for women in Shiekh Maltun Town and Vocational Centre for Boys would be established next year in Hatyan (Mardan).