Standard of universities to be improved: minister
PESHAWAR, May 26: The government would take every possible step to improve the standard of all universities in the province, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain here on Saturday.
Talking to a delegation of Agricultural University Teachers Association, led by Prof Mohammad Shafi, the minister said that after passage of 18th Amendment, the universities became a provincial subject.
“Despite repeated instructions, Agricultural University of Peshawar has failed to introduce the Tenure Track System that is a clear proof of the inefficiency of its administration,” he said.
Mr Hussain said that it was an important issue, which would be brought into the notice of Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti and Minister for Agriculture Arbab Mohammad Ayub Jan.
The members of the delegation informed the minister about their difficulties and the role of the university in development of agriculture. They appreciated the provincial government for its decisions of allocating four per cent of its GDP to education, establishment of eight universities and eight campuses during the last four years.
Lauding the promulgation of the University Act, members of the delegation said that it would prove to be an important milestone in development of the province.
The minister said that one-step fall of the university in the national ranking despite having 160 PhD teachers was a matter of grave concern. He said that technical universities played an important role in development of the country, therefore, it would be the effort of the government to establish more such universities.
He said that Higher Education Commission would remain with the centre till the next NFC award and later it would be shifted to the provinces. The provincial government, he maintained, had already done homework in that respect.
About establishment of veterinary university in the province, the minister said that it played an important role in the agriculture sector and youth were seeking admissions in Veterinary Institute of Punjab. He said that veterinary faculty would
be strengthened so that a university could be established for the purpose.