PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned authorities to work out modalities for the commencement of Insaf Education Card which is expected to benefit 244,927 students enrolled in government colleges throughout the province.
The scheme includes waiver of the entire fee and will cost approximately Rs1 billion to the provincial exchequer.
While chairing a meeting, the chief minister said investment in human capital was of paramount importance and one of the pivotal agendas of the government, adding that sincere steps had been taken to ensure promotion of higher education in the province.
He reiterated that the provincial government had taken sincere steps for promotion of quality education which had started yielding positive results. He clarified that public trust in government educational institutions had been restored and a number of steps had been taken to ensure that the educational institutions were made fully functional. In this regard, 76 colleges have been upgraded whereas 37 new colleges established in the province in order to ensure uniform access to educational opportunities to students.
The establishment of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology is another milestone achieved by the provincial government towards promotion of education in the sector of applied sciences as per contemporary needs. Similarly, the establishment of university campuses in various districts has also ensured uniform access of students to higher education.
During the ongoing fiscal year, Rs8 billion have been allocated for various developmental projects in the higher education sector which included renovation and rehabilitation works in colleges, establishment of new colleges, strengthening of universities, promotion of commerce and management education, provision of scholarships and stipends, establishment of new universities and strengthening of public libraries.
These schemes have been included keeping in view the differential needs and once completed, it will ensure that majority of the issues faced by parents and students are addressed, CM Khan added.
He directed the education department to focus on promoting quality education which can enable our future generation to compete not only nationally but also internationally.