KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali has approved the establishment of a Thar Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology (TIEST) over an area of 317 acres at Mithi with Rs1.5billion as an initial cost.
He also directed Vice Chancellor NED University to start classes from October 2019 temporarily in the building of Benazir Cultural Complex, Mithi for which he approved the release of Rs120 million immediately.
He took this decision on Thursday while presiding over a meeting to discuss and decide the establishment of TIEST at Mithi. The meeting was attended by Senior Member BoR Shams Soomro, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary University & Boards Riazuddin Qureshi, Secretary Finance Najam Shah, VC NED University Prof. Dr Sarosh Lodhi, Secretary Culture Parvez Sihar, DC Tharparkar Shahzad Thahim and others.
VC NED Dr Sarosh Lodhi briefing the meeting said that the academic council of NED university has approved 60 seats for TIEST, Mithi, including 46 regular and 14 self-finance seats. The allocation of the seats for TIEST would be five for HSC Karachi board, eight for Hyderabad board, 18 for Mirpurkhas board, four for Larkana board, two for the federal board, two for Aga Khan board, one for A-level and one from other boards.
Under bachelors programme, self-finance, two seats have been allocated for Karachi board, two for Hyderabad, three for Mirkhas, two for Sukkur, two for Larkana, one for federal board, one for Aga Khan board and one for A-level.
Talking about faculty and supporting staff of TIEST, Dr Sarosh said there would be 19 posts, including one principal of grade 21, one of professor of grade BS-21, two associate professor of grade 20, four of assistant professors, three lecturers, one IT Manager, two data entry operators, two lab technicians and three naib qasids. Apart from them there would be 44 administration and supporting staff, including deputy registrar.
SMBR Shams Soomro told the chief minister that the university had demanded a piece of land of 317 acres. The land has been identified at village Mithrio Bhatti on main Islamkot road. The land identified has been measured at 325 acres. It is located between Mithi and Islamkot at a distance of 18 kilometres from Mithi and 22 kilometres from Islamkot towards Mithi.
The VC NED said that there would be an industrial Park also.
The chief minister directed SMBR to move a summary for allotment of the land. He asked the VC NED to start class in the Benazir Bhutto complex from October 1, 2019, and then start working on the main institute building.