No More University At Prime Minister House
Islamabad: The federal government has pulled back on its plan to build a university at the Prime Minister house. When Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf took power, Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted a task force on Science and Technology under the leadership of Dr. Attaur Rehman.
According to the Express Tribune, over 30 million were spent in January 2019 for organizing a ceremony to formally lay the foundation of the university.
In light of the latest budget documents unveiled, no such funds have been allocated for the said university at the Prime Minister house.
The Higher Education Commission has been tasked to halt the university project. HEC, on the other hand, has recommended building an engineering and research institute rather than a university.
“The institute will not offer undergraduate degrees and focus on research and development,” Dr. Rehman added.
The institute in question will cater to subjects including artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity, economic governance, water, etc. According to Dr. Rehman, the project`s PC-1 will be approved in a few months while the project will be completed in 3 to 4 years.
Dr. Rehman is of the view that such an institute will prepare the country for a fourth industrial revolution.