Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has granted university status to Institute of Engineering and Technology Training, Multan, and Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad, to meet the needs of the growing number of students and cater for the industrial sector.
The prime minister has allowed the National Fertilizer Corporation (NFC) to finance the upgradation of the two institutes out of its own resources, which would require Rs 2 billion. He also gave permission for the allocation of Rs 1 billion through Higher Education Commission for faculty development, upgradation of labs and acquisition of additional land for the Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan.
The PM observed that since there was no dedicated engineering university in Southern Punjab, establishment of an engineering university would provide the people of the region with quality engineering education on their doorsteps besides promoting indigenous research culture and providing solution to local industrial problems.
Earlier, Chairman NFC briefed the PM on the NFC’s proposed plan for the upgradation of the two engineering institutes of NFC. The prime minister was told that out of the 19 public sector universities established in Punjab there were only two in lower Punjab whereas there was no engineering university in that region.
NFC is presently running Institute of Engineering and Technology Multan, Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research Faisalabad, Plastic Technology Centre Karachi and Synthetic Fibre Development and Application Centre Karachi.
Courtesy: The Post, 1/6/2008