Asad directs expediting process to establish university at PM house



Staff Report


Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Thursday directs ministry of science and technology to ensure establishment of university at the Prime Minister House without any delay.

Terming the project as a high priority, he asked Ministry of Science and Technology to form a special committee to ensure that the university focuses on relevant technologies that can support the manufacturing industry in Pakistan.

Chaired a meeting along with the Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry to discuss the issues related to the establishment of the University at the Prime Minister’s House, the Planning minister noted that the manufacturing sector in Pakistan needs to be supported through cutting edge and latest technologies in order to make them competitive.

Chairperson of Pakistan Science and Technology Task Force Prof Dr. Atta ur Rehman, Member Science and Technology Dr. Hussain Abidi and Senior Officials from HEC participated in the meeting.

Prof Dr Atta ur Rehman briefed the participants about the latest developments in the establishment of the University at the PM House.

The Ministers were informed that the planned University will have three centres of excellence and eight departments with a special focus on innovation and technology development.

The University will accommodate more than 1000 PhDs and PostDoc fellows and 200 faculty members.

He also elaborated that a budget of Rs. 200 million is required to conduct an initial feasibility study.

The Minister for planning was also briefed about the scholarships that will be offered at the University.

In December 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing a ceremony marking transformation of the Prime Minister House into Islamabad National University, shared that his notion of “change” dates back to the time when he used to live in Britain.

Recounting his experience on Friday, the PM said, the approach towards “change arose in my mind when I moved to Britain and saw their lifestyle, and the residences of political leaders there.”

The home of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was located in a simple building at Downing Street of London and on the contrary, “our leaders reside in lavish palaces,” PM Khan lamented.

He further exemplified the leaders of Medina who never spent the nation’s money on their self.