PESHAWAR   -   Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has principally agreed with the proposal regarding the con­struction of a building for Agriculture University Peshawar’s Ameer Muham­mad Khan Campus Mardan in a pub­lic-private partnership.

While chairing a meeting, the chief minister directed the relevant author­ities to pay special attention to re­sult-oriented agricultural research and said that a knowledge-based economy can be boosted by developing the agri­cultural sector on modern lines through qualitative research. He said that the incumbent provincial government is committed to the provision of all edu­cational facilities to youth at their door-step for which the government will ex­tend all its support.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahmood Khan said that the provincial govern­ment is dedicated to aligning higher ed­ucation institutions with modern needs and requirements alongside elemen­tary education. He added that his gov­ernment has taken various steps in the promotion of quality research and ed­ucation. However, room exists for re­forms in the higher education sector, adding that in past due to a lack of long-term planning and strategy, the quality of education had declined.

The chief minister stated that the in­cumbent government has significantly increased the education budget during the last few years. He said that agri­culture is one of those sectors through which not only food security can be en­sured, but it can also play a vital role in strengthening the provincial and na­tional economy.

Administrative Secretaries of High­er Education and Agriculture depart­ments, vice chancellor of Agriculture University, syndicate members and other concerned officials attended the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that a comprehensive master plan for the con­struction of the building for Agricul­ture University’s sub-campus at District Mardan known as Ameer Muhammad Khan campus has been prepared which include academic blocks, students’ hos­tel, playgrounds, research farm and oth­er necessary infrastructure