The Punjab government has decided to introduce a ‘Chip Designing’ project in all universities of the province under public-private partnership.
In this regard, Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with relevant stakeholders.
The Minister said that the Chip Designing Tools project will not only revolutionize the provincial IT sector but also generate employment opportunities in the province.
CM Punjab directed the minister to ensure every student in all universities across the province benefits from the initiative as access to top-quality higher education is the right of every student.
Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir Humayun explained the project and discussed related matters with Chief Minister Usman Bazdar in a meeting at the latter’s office here on Sunday.
Mr Humayun said the project would not only bring a revolution in the local IT sector, but generate employment opportunities also.
The chief minister said modern higher education was the right of every child and setting up a university in every district of the province would provide opportunities to the students to get higher education near their homes.
Mr Buzdar said establishing a state-of-the-art engineering and technology university in Sialkot would not only benefit the local industry, but also enable the local youth to pursue higher studies.
The minister told Mr Buzdar that 75 new colleges had been set up in Punjab, besides upgrade of 590 colleges to associate degree institutions and 201 others to BS four-year level. He said 86 more new colleges would also be set up in the province.
The chief minister said the inclusion of 21 universities of Punjab in international and Asian ranking was a proof of education-friendly policies of his government and a matter of pride as well.
He said scholarships worth Rs834 million were being awarded to intelligent students under the Rahmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarship scheme. He said the government had given 285 percent more funds to higher education department as compared to the last year’s allocation.