The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has cancelled the project of Islamabad National University at Prime Minister House as no funds were allocated in the budget 2019-20 for the construction of a university at the PM House. According local media reports, the head of the Prime Minister’s task force on science and technology and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Attaur Rehman has clarified that the plan got changed in terms of its practical implications, but the idea has not been discarded.
Dr. Rehman commented on the development and stated that it has been decided to build the “National Engineering and Emerging Technology Institute” at the PM House. He further said that the institute will not offer undergraduate degrees but rather focus on research and development.
The institute will offer research and education facilities from MSc to PhD, covering various subjects including Artificial Intelligence, industrial biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, genomics, economic governance, water and food security, energy, future of the atmosphere, glaciers, strategies for coping with natural calamities, applied biotechnology and cyber security.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 21 during a seminar titled “Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan” inaugurated the Islamabad National University at the PM House in the capital.
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17 November, 2019