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  1. Nasir

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    Pakistan plans 'state of the art' science universities

    Pakistan is to build six science and engineering universities over the next ten years.

    President Pervez Musharraf announced the plans on Monday (13 March) during a speech at Punjab University.

    He said "state of the art" universities are needed to train scientists and engineers who can contribute to Pakistan's sustainable development, and help move the country away from its dependence on agriculture.

    Pakistan's Higher Education Commission (HEC) will oversee the project, which will start by building a university in Sialkot.

    HEC chair Atta-ur-Rahman says the government has agreed to provide 90 billion rupees (US$15 billion).

    Sohail Naqvi, the HEC's executive director, says the universities will do research and provide courses relevant to Pakistan's major industries, including agriculture, textiles, energy, and information technology.

    Naqvi told SciDev.Net that staff for the universities would be recruited from Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea and Sweden, which are also providing additional funding and technical assistance.

    "Local faculty members will also be sent abroad for training," he said.

    http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/129552/1/1893
     
  2. sparten

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    We already have several, NUST, GIK, Aga Khan, KU, NESCOM, Punkab, Peshawar etc, etc, etc.
     
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    There are eight more planned with western standards.
    These facilities will be run by foreign institutes housing hundreds of foreign professors and teachers :)

    Sweden and Austria already have agreed to build universities according to their standard :thumbsup:
     
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    Yeah we need couple of more of these, its really hard for a simple person to understand what these state of art universities can develope for a country. These days such uni's have their own research centres and labs. im living in melbourne and studying in a uni too, and i have seen these uni's bringing students from overseas including Pakistan and India at their own cost to do research, they provide them with every kind of facilities, living expenses plus the nationality too. and thats how these countries are ahead of us in technology and in every field.
     
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    Six world-class engineering universities by 2008: Musharraf lays Tuwairqi Steel foundation
    KARACHI (March 31 2006): President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said that six world-class engineering universities will start functioning in Pakistan by 2008. Pakistan, he said, has embarked upon a programme to enhance the quality of its human resource.

    "For this purpose, we have planned to establish six engineering universities in Pakistan with the help of Sweden, France, Germany, Netherlands and Austria," he added.

    He was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of $130 million state-of-the-art steel making Tuwairqi Steel Mills (TSM) over an area of 220 acres at Port Qasim. The production capacity of the TSM can be expanded to 1.5 million tonnes and subsequently to 3 million tonnes in future.

    Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Dr Arbab Rahim, Industries and Production Minister Jahangir Khan Tareen, Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Pakistan Ali S. Awadh Asseri and senior civil and military officials and members of the diplomatic corps were also present on the occasion.

    He said that the disciplines of these universities will be heavy industry and engineering sector with a view to enhance expertise of our young engineers. "For enhancing expertise of our technicians, we have set up a separate body in the form of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta)," he said, adding that the body is headed by Saleem Altaf.

    Referring to the training programme of Al-Tuwairqi Group for Pakistani engineers and technicians, he said that was the real transfer of technology and enhancing the quality of manpower in Pakistan.

    He said that technical education was taken away from the Education Ministry and Tevta would look after it, which would ensure quality training of technicians. The government is also looking into the present and future needs of Pakistani industry and these universities would design disciplines according to these requirements.

    "This is the spectrum how we want to take our youths forward. At the end of the day it is human resource development which will propel us forward," he said.

    The president said that Pakistan would gradually shift its focus from agriculture and textile to heavy industry and engineering sector to achieve a quantum jump in exports.

    He said that going into heavy industry and engineering sector is the future of Pakistan. "Since we are in the process of enhancing our exports, it becomes very clear that the country should go into heavy industry and engineering sector which is 60 percent of the world trade," he added.

    Musharraf said that only textile sector contributed only 6 percent of the world trade, adding that this was the reason why country's exports were not at the desired level. "If we want to enhance our exports we have to go into heavy industry and engineering sector," he said.

    The President said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy brotherly relations through many years. "His Majesty King Abdullah calls me his brother and he says he means it, I call him my elder brother and I mean it," the president said.

    The president appreciated the efforts of Al-Tuwairqi Group Chairman Dr Hilal Al-Tuwairqi for development in Pakistan.

    Talking of business and economic relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, he said that both the countries would cement these bonds in the 21st century.

    He said this century was not geo-politics, but it was geo-economic. It is the economic, trade and commercial relations, which cement bonds (between the nations), he added.

    President Musharraf said that trade was improving between the two brotherly countries, but investment was to be further encouraged. Dr Hilal was exactly doing the same to further enhance bilateral relations.

    Referring to the policy of deregulation, liberalisation and privatisation, he said that it has paid dividend and caused upsurge in the economy.

    He urged Dr Hilal to participate in the privatisation of Pakistan Steel Mills and modernise it. This is the need of the country, he said.

    The president said industry was growing at a fast pace. In 2004, it was 18.2 percent and it is in double digits this year and the country needs steel and energy, he added.

    He expressed his desire that these two steel mills should expand their production to cater to the demands of the growing industry in Pakistan.

    He termed the groundbreaking of Tuwairqi Steel Mills a landmark event.

    Industry Minister Jahangir Khan Tareen said that the country's requirement for steel was about 5-6 million tonnes and it would be increased by 7-8 million tonnes in 10 years.

    He said the government was undertaking programme to enhance technical expertise in the country. The minister said the government wanted to pass on the fruits of economic upsurge to the people by providing them education, healthcare and clean drinking water.

    Dr Hilal Al-Tuwairqi in his lively speech said that his company has selected Pakistan for this latest steel mill due to its investment-friendly rules and regulations.

    Calling President Musharraf as the strongest leader in the Islamic world and a man of Islam and peace, Tuwairqi said that he has changed Pakistan. He said that the mill with state-of-the-art technology would start production in 18 months.

    Al-Tuwairqi Group Vice Chairman M. Tariq Barlas said that the plant using the latest directly reduced iron (DRI) technology would produce one million tonnes of steel in the first phase. This can go up to three million tonnes, he added.

    He said this mill would directly employ 3,500 engineers and technicians and create job opportunities in the services sector.

    Barlas said his group was the largest private steel-producing conglomerate in the Kingdom. Earlier, on his arrival, the president performed the groundbreaking and offered Dua for its success.
     
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    Yes but those are only good as far as Pakistan is concerned. In international academic circles, there is NO mention of either of these, not even LUMS or IBA. The top 100 universities' list 2005 did not include a single Pakistani university which means standards have to be moved up more and quality of education emphasized.

    Hope these six planned universities set an example and become icons of imparting quality education.
     
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    To make the top 100 is not easy Sid, there arent many Continental European unis nor any from the Asia pacific region.
     
  8. Bull

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    well education id ther most important pilar of a ntion, u have that strong and then your country wont have to look back.
    this indeed is good news for pakistan,

    And also keeping the education affordable and bettering the gender bias is also equally important.

    Foreign universities will bring quality ,but price could be a factor..the govt needs to support those poor or middle income group also to access to these facilities.
     
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    Just because there aren't, doesn't mean we cannot strive for it. Where there's a will, there's a way!
     
  10. Lahori paa jee

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    Wont it be better if instead of making new universities we improve the condition of existing universities.
     
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    I say both options are equally important. Pakistan has a very young population, i.e. more than 40% is under 16 years old. If the economic growth is sustained, we'll have better and bigger enrolement and would require more insitutions in near future.
     
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    government is also upgrading existing universties and trying to upgrade their faculty also..for example
    in university of engineering and technology lahore

    we will have shortly a department of laser and optronics
    equiped with latest equipment.........not sure about faculty