The govt is pondering PM's promised varsity in the G-5

The govt is pondering PM’s promised varsity in the G-5

Govt pondering PM’s promised G-5 varsity. The govt is considering establishing the promised varsity for the Prime Minister in the G-5. The government considers operating a university out of the Sir Syed Memorial Building in G-5, rather than the PM’s House, as a stop-gap measure to fulfill Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inauguration speech vow.

According to sources, a meeting was held a few days ago between officials from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Capital Development Authority (CDA), and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to discuss the feasibility of establishing the university in the Sir Syed Memorial Society (SSMS) Complex in G-5 along Ataturk Avenue.

HEC is tasked with establishing the projected Pakistan University of Engineering and Emerging Technologies (PUEET). After inspecting the structure, the officials determined that it was suitable for the initiation of academic activity.

According to sources, HEC had also submitted two letters to the CDA requesting permission to lease the facility, and deputy director planning and development Asim Khanzada met with CDA member estate Naveed Elahi in this respect.

The university will be temporarily located in the Sir Syed Memorial Society building; officials will tour the complex and determine whether it is suitable for establishing the Pakistan University of Engineering and Emerging Technologies.

The meeting was informed that the building’s lease had ended and that the CDA should turn it over to the HEC for the interim establishment of PUEET.

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According to sources, officials from the HEC and CDA and ICT director Waqas Anwar and development and finance director Ali Asghar visited the complex and deemed it adequate to build the varsity.

According to HEC papers, the building is currently occupied by the Department of Archaeology and Museum, the National History and Literary Division, and the Sir Syed Memorial Society’s secretariat. From 2003 to 2018, the building was used by a private institution.

“They discovered the facility to be purpose-built for the interim establishment of a university. It is equipped with the following features: The total size is approximately 11,666 square yards (2.5 acres), with a covered area of 100,000 square feet,” according to the paperwork.

The structure features two open halls, a fully equipped theatre with 850 seats, a 20,000-square-foot service space.

The govt is considering establishing the promised varsity for the Prime Minister in the G-5.

According to HEC sources, the site visit with the Prime Minister’s Office via the Ministry of Education.

They stated that if the govt  approves the idea to construct the university in the building, it will serve as a temporary arrangement until the govt establishes a university on the PM House lawns. The govt is pondering PM’s promised varsity in the G-5

They stated that a new campus would be established at the cost of Rs23.55 billion in the long run, as approved recently by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).

Ecnec approved the project in principle in May, directing the Ministry of Planning and Development to rationalize its cost and resubmit for formal approval within three months. Later, the Planning Division reported a cost savings of a few million rupees, which Ecnec accepted.

Ayesha Ikram, the HEC’s spokesperson, could not be reached for comment; nevertheless, a senior commission official confirmed that personnel had visited the complex, adding that the HEC had communicated its findings to the federal govt.

The Aligarh Old Boys’ Association established the Sir Syed Memorial Society in 1984 as a homage to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. In addition, the CDA has set up 24 kanals along Ataturk Avenue in G-5 to construct an auditorium, library, reading rooms, and museum.

Later in the complex’s history, the society rented a substantial chunk to a private institution vacated in 2018.

The govt is considering establishing the promised varsity for the Prime Minister in the G-5.

When contacted, Syed Ahmed Masood, who oversees the Sir Syed Memorial Society’s operations, stated that the building was the society’s property and was not intended for the institution. However, he said that if the govt required it for an interim period, it might rent the premises.

He stated that the building could not be transferred to another organization because it was the society’s property. The govt is pondering PM’s promised varsity in the G-5.

“We are willing to cooperate with the govt if it wishes to rent the premises, but we would reject any attempt to transfer ownership of the building,” he stated.

The govt is pondering PM’s promised varsity in the G-5.

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