KARACHI – Sindh Senior Minister for Education & Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq said on Thursday that budget for education has been doubled from Rs7 billion to Rs15.5 billion in the next fiscal year. The purpose of this increase was to spread education in every nook and corner of the province, said the minister while laying foundation stone for an 11-storey Sindh Education Complex in Clifton area as the chief guest. The complex will be built at a cost of over Rs188 million by June 2015. Mazharul Haq said that upon its completion, all the offices of the Sindh Education Department, including Sindh Text Book Board and Sindh Education Foundation, will be shifted to the education complex to provide one-window facility for all educational activities. International standards and transparency will be maintained in the construction of the complex. We are working on the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, said the minister while adding, “We are interested in strengthening the institutions for the welfare of the people.” He said that 22 schools of the Lyari Expressway project were closed down due to the non-availability of funds. “Study at these schools, which have been handed over to the Sindh Education Department, would resume this June.” The minister also announced that students of these schools would be offered stipends and other facilities, besides free books. Speaking on the occasion, Education Secretary Siddique Memon said the present government had been taking interest in the education sector, the largest sector of the province. He further said that the Directorate General of Human Resources and Directorate General Monitoring and Inspection had been set up to improve the efficiency of the Education Department. Matric Board Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai said the construction of the Sindh Education Complex would be a historic step and a great achievement of the government. Zai, however, proposed that a library be established for the researchers in the complex. Sindh Text Book Board Chairman Abdul Salam Khawaja, Standing Committee on Education Chairman Najamuddin Abro, Kazi Asad Abid and Niaz Leghari also spoke.