11 new universities established in KP

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Former Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KP) Provincial Minister Professor Ghulam Qasam Khan said on Thursday that the number of universities in KP has been increased to 19 from eight, whereas there has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of schools and colleges in a period of just four and half a years.
Speaking at a seminar on “Women education and government responsibilities” at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, he said that new universities have been established in Swat, Karak, Charsada, Mardan, Swabi, Upper Dir and other remote cities.
He also said revealed that the out of the 172 colleges functioning in the province, 64 are for girls. “Moreover out of the 64 colleges under construction, 31 are girls’ colleges,” he remarked. He added that the enrolment of female students is increasing every day.
Rashid Khan of KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department informed that 70 percent of the educational fund given by the Annual Development Programme is being used for girls’ education only. He revealed that 8469 out of the 23,592 junior and senior schools were for girls.
“In remote areas, the government is providing a monthly stipend of Rs 2400 for girl students at primary level and and Rs 1500 at higher secondary level,” he added.
He also said that special emphasis is being made to promote girls’ education in Kohistan and Torghar in
order to combat the deficiency of female teachers.
The seminar, first ever of its kind, was jointly organized by Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Directorate with the collaboration of Peshawar Press Club and Khyber Union of Journalists. Whereas, KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar was the chief guest at the occasion, former provincial ministers Qari Roohullah Madni, Mushtaq Shabab, Rukhshanda Naaz, Saadia Marwat, Prof. Ghulam Qasam Khan, Rashid Khan, Farid Ullah Khan, Yousaf Ali, Arshad Haroon also participated in the event.