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SWABI: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to finance research projects of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.

This was stated by provincial science and technology and information technology secretary Farah Hamid Khan while speaking as the chief guest at the startup fair for Induction 2015 here on Friday.

The secretary appreciated the GIK institute for offering quality education in the field of engineering and management sciences. She said representatives of her department and GIK institute were in contact with future cooperation in research and information technology.

Deputy director of the department Abid Sohail, who was also in attendance, said the government had provided Rs10 million for the GIK institute’s supercomputer project, while the remaining cost was borne by the institute.

He said the GIK institute was the country’s leading engineering educational institution.

“We are proud of its contributions to the growth of the field of the engineering sciences and technology,” he said.

Earlier, Farah Hamid met GIK Institute rector Jehangir Bashar and discussed various aspects of contemporary education and the role of universities in meeting the industry’s demands. She also inaugurated lithography laboratory at the faculty of engineering sciences.

Students and teachers, who participated in the event, said such fairs should be organised on a regular basis to encourage engineers.

The organisers said the fair was organised to provide young engineers with an opportunity to exhibit their talents and share knowledge and experiences with each other.

Secretary Farah Hamid later gave away certificates to participants.

NOMINATION PAPERS: The candidates for the May 30 local body elections visited the offices of returning officers in Mansehra in large numbers on the last day of filing nomination papers on Friday. The filing of nomination papers began on Monday.

“It’s not an easy task to finalise documents,” said Mohammad Farooq, who filed nomination papers for general seats from Batakara union council.

Liaquat Yousafzai, a candidate of Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan for the district council, said the upcoming local body elections were expected to be very tough.

He said there would be numerous candidates making it difficult for voters to make a choice.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2015

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