Capital to have women university: NA told

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary Monday apprised the National Assembly that a women university was being set up in the federal capital for which the government had made funds available.

Responding to various questions in the house, the minister said the Islamabad Colleges for Girls F/2 where master level classes were already being run, would also be upgraded.

He said the public sector schools and colleges in Islamabad were a preferred choice of the parents. Now students from private educational institutions were getting admission in federal government institutions in large number, he added.

He said every effort was being made by the Federal Directorate of Education to impart quality education and create conducive, safe and secure environment to the students in the educational institutions.

The minister said the present government had recently initiated the Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Programme (PMERP) with main focus on uplifting of the standard of educational institutions in Islamabad.

In the first phase, some 22 institutions had been upgraded by providing missing facilities, including additional classrooms, well equipped labs, playgrounds, clean drinking facility, toilet rooms, teachers training etc, he added.

He said in the second phase renovation/ rehabilitation of physical infrastructure of 200 educational institutions was in process costing Rs 2.74 billion while in the third phase, the remaining institutions would be upgraded, whose whose cost estimation was being done through Project Director (phase II) of PMERP.

He said to address the transport issue a comprehensive scheme for the provision of 200 buses and 30 coasters had been initiated in the educational institutions of ICT under PMERP. In the first phase, 70 buses had been handed over to educational institutions whereas the remaining 130 would be provided in the second phase.

Dr Tariq said Montessori classes had been established in 71 institutions. Some 226 computers labs with allied facilities were being set up in educational institutions for girls. It would provide equitable opportunities to excel and to spread the benefits

of the telecom revolution to students in ICT, he added.

He said in the first phase, Universal Services Fund, a project of Ministry of Information Technology, would establish 107 computer labs in the rural areas educational institutions (primary level) with allied facilities.

He said no fee/fund had been charged from the students in light of Article 25-A(Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

He clarified that no foreign fund had been received in that regard and the programme was fully being funded from own resources and allocation was made in the PSDP.

To a supplementary question, the minister said 92 ventilators were fully functioning in Pakistan Institutes of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

To another question, the minister said no hepatologists was working in any government hospital working under administrative control of Capital Administration and Development.