Capital’s cadet college proposal shelved
ISLAMABAD, Feb 3: The Capital Administration and Development Division (CAAD) has shelved the proposal of establishing a “cadet college” as it will establish a technical college at the planned site of Mehra Bhagwal village, Dawn has learnt reliably.
According to initial draft of the PC-I, the first-ever cadet college was to be developed in the rural area of Mehra Bhagwal on Simly Dam Road, with the cost of Rs100 million. The Mehra Bhagwal structure was originally a technical college but it never got any financial or technical support from the federal government leading to its closure from the time it was established.
Though, a Prime Minister House source added that establishment of a technical college, a cadet college and a public school was on the cards and “The establishment of the three – cadet college, technical college and public school – were proposed by director-general of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Atif Kiyani, who is also a key PPP activist”. The Secretary CADD Imtiaz Inayat Elahi was reported to believe that a technical college would be of more use for the students since it would help them find jobs easily.
However, secretary CADD confirmed to Dawn : “We have withdrawn the summary of the cadet college and instead have decided to establish the technical college at the same building since it is highly competitive and will help us produce better brains.
“There is no technical college in this part of the country and students of the AJK and northern part of the country will benefit from the modernised technical college”, he asserted.
Initially for the shelved cadet college Rs434 million were to be spent and the same amount would be used for constructing the new blocks technical college, he said adding that a new summary would be submitted to the Prime Minister in this regard within a span of few days.
He hoped the new summary would get premier’s nod and the college would be made functional this year. -Staff Reporter