Rawalpindi - State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Interior and Narcotics Control Engineer Baligh Ur Rehman said that government is working on different projects to improve standard of education in Pakistan. He said that women universities would be built in the country because educating a boy meant educating a person while imparting education to a girl is aimed at giving education to a family.

He further said that the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) is the very first women university in the country now we are having nine women universities in the country and five among them are in Punjab.

He also elaborated on the top priorities of government to overcome the issues of extremism and terrorism, energy outreach, education and improvement in the economy.

He expressed these while addressing the conclusion ceremony of international conference on science and technology titled “Emerging Trends in Science and Technology” yesterday. 

The ceremony was also attended by Executive Director Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Arshad Ali, FJWU Vice Chancellor (VC) Samina Amin Qadir, scholars from Russia, USA, China, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and Korea as well as from numerous prestigious institutes from all over Pakistan.

The minister further said education is one of the top most priorities and government is heavily investing in higher education. He said this is very positive sign that every province is allocating more than 20 per cent of their budgets for education now. He also said government is increasing funding of universities through HEC on yearly basis.

 He appreciated the efforts of FJWU for providing quality education to women.

During the closing ceremony, Engr. Baligh Ur Rehman and Executive Director HEC inaugurated the Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change (CESTAC) launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Power and UNDP at FJWU.

The focal persons of this centre are Dr Saleem Junja (Country Manager, UNDP) and Dr Sofia Khalid (FJWU). On the occasion, Dr Junja said the basic purpose of establishing this centre is to provide consultancies to federal and provincial governments, as well as to drive the polices and involve the academia in research and utilisation of their research work.