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Private sector to be encouraged: Owais

December 08, 2003

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QUETTA, Dec 7: Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani has said that all the vacant school and basic health unit buildings would be utilized with the help of private sector to improve the literacy rate in the province.

A large number of buildings owned by health and education departments were vacant in Balochistan and would be used for improving the literacy rate, the governor said, while speaking at a briefing held at Tameer-i-Nau Education Complex here on Saturday.

He said the private entrepreneurs were playing a vital role in the education sector along with the provincial government.

The government would provide all possible facilities to the private entrepreneurs in the education sector, Mr Ghani said adding that the Balochistan Education Foundation would be reorganized and representation of the private sector would be encouraged.

He said that after reorganizing the education foundation required funds would be arranged for it. The organization would monitor the performance of the educational institutions in the province.

The governor said the Veterinary Institute was being made part of the Balochistan University by naming it as the Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology. Higher Education Commission would arrange funds for it, he added.

Mr Ghani said Dr Abdul Qadir Khan has also offered to set up a modern institute of science and technology.

He said the building of Jinnah Residential College has been completed in Ziarat and the classes would commence under the Al Hijrah Trust from March next.

The governor lauded the standard of Tameer-i-Nau educational institutions and assured the management of cooperation. Earlier, Tameer-i-Nau secretary-general Fazal Haq Mir informed the governor that the complex spreading over an area of 75 acres of land would be completed at a cost of Rs530 million and would consist of a model school, girls high school, inter college, degree college, university and IT institute.