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GWADAR: Members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Planning Development and Reforms led by their chairman, Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, visited the sub-campus of the University of Turbat here on Sunday.

Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) director general for planning and development Dr Mazhar Saeed and university’s Registrar Dr Hanifur Rahman welcomed the legislators at the sub-campus on their arrival.

Gwadar Port Authority chairman Dostain Khan Jamaldini accompanied the legislators during the visit.

Appreciating efforts of the HEC and the university’s administration for the establishment of the sub-campus in Gwadar, Mr Khanankhail said that the government’s move to convert the Gwadar campus into a full-fledged university was positive step for the people of the area. He said the campus would help students of the area in acquiring higher education. With quality higher education young people of the area would be able to face future challenges, he added.

Dr Saeed briefed the visitors on the progress of the sub-campus. He said the federal government was planning to establish a university in Gwadar, adding that the plan was included in the Public Sector Development Programme for 2016-17.

He said the charter for the establishment of a university in Gwadar had been sent to the relevant department of Balochistan government for vetting.

Prof Dr Gul Hassan of Turbat university informed the visitors about the four-year performance of the university and the sub-campus. He said the university had been shifted from a rented place to its own newly constructed building. He said academic activities in the sub-campus had been in progress since January this year.

Published in Dawn, October 30th, 2017