Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and British Council sign MOU on education
The British Council Pakistan and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on education. This agreement will pave the way for future cooperation on all levels of education between the KPK government and the British Council.
The MoU is signed to develop cooperation and collaboration for promotion of Education through mutual collaborative activities, which can result in betterment of the economic condition in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Speaking at the ceremony, provincial assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said: “This MoU is an active first step towards what the PTI government had promised to the people in its manifesto which was to deliver quality education for all.”
The agreement also focuses on strengthening and developing human resource with emphasis on increasing women participation in education. It will strive for higher quality and relevance to local and international job market demand.
British Council Director, Pakistan, Peter Upton said: “This accord is the result of a clear vision and sustained commitment from the KPK government. Creating educational opportunities for young people is a key means of providing economic and social opportunity for all.”
“We are pleased to be working with the chief minister, the speaker on this ambitious goal and we are taking the first steps towards a wider collaboration that involves higher education, skills development, English language support exchanges and hopefully the re-opening of another British Council Library,” he held.
The British Council will provide technical support and advice to the KPK government on designing and setting up of an Education City Project and help promote the Education City Project in the UK to attract world class universities to set up their campuses in Pakistan.
See Invitation to Tender by British Council at http://www.britishcouncil.pk/invitation-tender-itt-scoping-study-kpk (deadline 28 Feb, 2015)
Pervez Khattak during deliberations with the group led by Mr Ma Shi Jing CEO of Shanghai Company made it clear that though both the mega projects would be big cities with all housing facilities and availability of basic amenities on scientific lines but these are named as Education and Sports cities with sole aim to project importance of education and sports by the PTI-led coalition govt as well as promote it there with allocation of 15-30% area for it respectively. Besides Speaker KP Assembly Haji Asad Qaisar, Provincial Minister for Higher Education and Information Mushtaq Jadoon, Advisor to CM on Housing Dr Amjad Khan, Parliamentary Secretary on Planning & Development Mian Khaleequr Rehman. Chairman CM Complaint Cell and Advisor to CM on Investment Haji Dilroze Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Secretary Housing Engr. Zahid Arif, high ups of relevant departments and experts from private sector were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that he had directed the concerned high ups to execute these projects phase wise under public private partnership (PPP) wherein investors including Shanghai Company’s participation would be a high welcome. He said that all the housing schemes in KP would not be confined to paper works only rather it would be put on ground, and the mistakes committed in the execution of the previous projects would not be repeated.
- Download KPK Housing Newsletter : Issue – July 2014 from here
- Details of:
- Education City, along M1 Motorway, District Nowshera
- Tourist City, Damtor, District Abbottabad (also visit this page: http://www.reconnectpakistan.com/TouristCity_Abbottabad.aspx)
- Tourist City, Booni, District Chitral
- Urmar Sports City, Peshawar (Peshawar Model Town)
- Commercial Zone (chugal pura – Peshawar Model City)
- Source: http://housingkp.gov.pk/
- Mega Education City M-1 Nowshera
- Mega Sports City Peshawar
- New City Abbottabad
- New City & Tourism Resort Booni Chitral
- CM: Consultants had been hired -> no justification for any delay
- Not to be executed by the housing department rather by a separate construction company with entire responsibility of implementation, timely completion, quality of work and payments etc.
- Mega Education City
- 80,000 acres of land identified
- Pre-feasibility completed
- 30% area = educational institutions including universities
- Award of contract to consultants for detail planning and design would be made by this month (February 2014)
- Practical work on the project would be started by September 2014
- Mega Sport City Peshawar
- Area of more than 14000 acre situated between Peshawar and Nowshera (5x bigger than Hayatabad Township)
- Estimated cost of Rs1.5 to 2.00 trillion
- Residential needs of more than 600,000 people
- Full article: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/23-Feb-2014/kp-cm-gets-briefing-on-mega-housing-schemes
- KP Govt handout: https://www.facebook.com/KPGovt/posts/636311233071628:0
- KPK Govt annouced to build 2 mega city projects of European standard. One is planned for Abbottabad at Damtor.
- RFP for Damtor can be found here.
- RFP opening date: 12 Jan, 2014 at 11.00 am in the office of secretary housing KPK (no news yet as on 18 June, 2014)
PESHAWAR: Around 20 international universities have expressed an interest in opening up campuses at ‘Education City’ in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
The proposed hub will accommodate campuses of national and international universities to provide Pakistani students the opportunity to obtain foreign degrees at home, stated officials of the provincial higher education department.
The K-P government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the British Council to start the project at the earliest, the officials told The Express Tribune on Friday. The site has been selected and land acquired.
Around 30,000 kanals of land in Jehangira will be used to build the education city. The project will be adjacent to the proposed Mega City near the Swabi Interchange on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway.
“We have briefed Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak and other relevant officials on the project, and they termed it a new beginning for the province’s education sector,” shared an education department official.
On Saturday, K-P Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser told journalists at a news conference that the British Council will help the province liaise with 20 international universities to help set up their campuses. Qaisar claimed Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea have shown initial interest in the project.
When contacted, Special Assistant to the CM on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani said the National University of Sciences and Technology, and Bahria University – among other national universities – have agreed to open campuses in Education City.
Students spend millions studying abroad, with Education City they will be able to get the same education at home at an affordable cost, claimed Ghani.
According to CM spokesperson Shiraz Paracha, Education City will not only provide educational opportunities, it will boost the economic condition of K-P by attracting investment, generating jobs and reducing unemployment in the province.
- Source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/645959/foreign-credentials-international-universities-show-keen-interest-in-k-p-education-city/
- Same news which also states names of other countries interested in the project: http://www.crazymela.com/british-council-interest-begin-project-international-universities-k-p-k/