Online Report: – Senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, Sarajul Haq, has said that the government was doing its best for promotion of higher education. It was the same reason that an amount of 66 billion rupees from the annual budget of 344 billion rupees has been allocated for the education sector. He was addressing a function arranged by the administration of Hazara University Mansehra to brief the honorable minister. Earlier the Vice-Chancellor, Hazara University, Prof. Dr. Syed Sakhawat thanked him on his arrival and said in his speech that more than 9000 students and researchers are enrolled in the varsity and highly qualified teachers are working hard to provide the students a better educational and research environment.
Acting upon the advice of the Chief Minister, the provincial government intends to invite the vice-chancellors of all public sector universities of the province to solve the financial issues of the universities. In the meeting, apart from addressing the financial issues of the universities, positive steps shall be taken to resolve other related issues, as well. He said the Hazara University came into being in 2002 and he, being the Finance Minister at that time, allocated funds for the University; but, he has come to know today, that no provincial government has allocated any fund for the University after it. On the issues raised by the university administration regarding smooth running of the university, he said that he shall advocate the university and leave no stone unturned in persuading the provincial government to solve these problems. While addressing students, teachers and university employees, the Senior Minister said that our new generation must learn how to work hard with courage and consistence, because they have to face the hardships that they come across after getting the degree from the university, because the hopes of the country and the nation lie in the youth. He said that education has been at the top of the reforms proposed by the provincial government. He also said that the provincial government is taking steps to educate the poor children who cannot even afford to have books and school-bag. He further said that after the 18th amendment, it was the duty of the provincial governments to promote higher education. Our future is linked to our education. We have to curtail the other expenditure and make educational sector our topmost priority. Prior to it, while thanking him on his arrival, the Vice-Chancellor, Hazara University, Prof. Dr. Syed Sakhawat Shah, said that Hazara University was the 8th largest university of the country and the second largest educational institution of the province. More than 9000 students and researchers are enrolled in the varsity and highly qualified teachers are working hard to provide the students a better educational and research environment. With theses successes in educational and research fields, we are facing a lot of problems including financial and infrastructure ones. He requested the provincial government to guide them through these problems of finance and infrastructure. The Vice-Chancellor said that we can fight the challenges faced by the country only with the help of making sufficient advancement in the fields of science and technology. The present age is that of growing economies and we have to face these challenges with the help of science and technology. While thanking the provincial government for allocation substantial funds for the field of education, the Vice-Chancellor said that such steps shall bring a revolution in the province and the problems of illiteracy and terrorism can be eradicated. A large number of teachers, researchers, professors, university employees, and students were present on the occasion. Senior Provincial Minister had planted a tree in the University Garden and announced a grant of 2.0 million rupees on this occasion. He gave a sermon in the newly built Saudi Mosque in the University and led the Friday Prayer. Report by Rizwan CMS Student.