Women college gets AQ Khan Hall

FILE PHOTO: Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is photographed after a silent prayer over the grave of his brother Abdul Rauf Khan, during funeral services in Karachi May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/File Photo

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid has said that after establishing 60 schools and colleges as well as three universities for women in Rawalpindi, he considers his mission for education at the cusp of being ‘accomplished’.

He was speaking after inaugurating AQ Khan Hall at the Government Associate College for Girls, Dhoke Mangtal on Thursday.

The minister said laying the foundation of another women’s postgraduate college in Dhoke Dalal by the end of this month will be akin to icing on the cake for the mission to make education accessible for all. He added that an amount of Rs350 million has already been set aside for the construction of the college and for the provision of furniture, laboratories, and halls for the educational institute.

He claimed that approximately 5,000 students are currently enrolled at each of the three universities established as per his directives. “No might in the world can harm Pakistan now that the daughters of the nation are being equipped with the power of education,” he said.

He expressed pride in Rawalpindi’s excellent track record for female education, adding that today the admission merit was so high that it had reached 92 per cent marks. “We have tried our best to provide education facilities at the doorsteps of the female students,” he said.

The minister said that his sights are now set on bearing the educational expenses of girls who wish to go abroad for higher education.

“Lal Haveli will provide fully funded scholarships for those bright female students in Rawalpindi district with a sound academic background who wish to pursue higher education in any university around the world,” pledged the minister.

He added that Lal Haveli will also provide financial help for girls who have been deprived of education because their parents cannot afford to send them to schools and colleges.

“When we made it our mission to make education the top priority in the region, Rawalpindi was at the 37th place. Now, the district has gained the top position across the entire province of Punjab,” he claimed.