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Minister for expediting work on College for Home Economics

August 5, 2014

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Monday directed the officials to expedite the work for setting up Federal Government College of Home Economics, Management Sciences and Specialized Discipline, F-11/1.

The minister issued the directive during a meeting with Ms Kousar Beig, Project Director for the college’s establishment.

The minister was told that the college would have five academic blocks; each block would contain labs, a library, lecture halls, a seminar room, and research centres etc. Specialized disciplines to be offered in the college would include Art and Design Department, Architecture, Food and Nutrition, Interior and Environmental Design Department and Public Health department etc.

More than 3000 underprivileged female students would receive professional and technical training for women empowerment, while about 3000 others would acquire diplomas and certificates in various fields of home economics.

The curriculum for BS, MS and PhD programmes has been designed by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The minister showed keen interest in the project and said that the women education was the utmost priority of the government.

He admired the initiative of giving 100 scholarships for MS/PhD from international universities in various fields of Home Economics.

He said the government was taking every possible measure to improve female education in the country.

This institution has been various specialized disciplines to train women in technical and professional fields, which is the need of the hour, he said.

This project has been approved in November last year and the total estimated cost of the project is more than Rs 3 billion.

Rs 500 million will be funded by the government under PSDP. Rs 200 million will be provided in year 2014-2015 and the rest will be done through foreign funding, for which a request has been made to the Economic Affairs Division.

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Source: Balochistan Times (Pakistan)

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