Islamabad: Asad Umar, the Minister of Planning, announced on Tuesday that work on expanding and renovating 167 educational institutions in the federal capital will begin soon.

The minister added during a meeting on the Rs. 6.7 billion project, “Provision of basic facilities in educational institutions of ICT,” that construction on the project will begin soon after all essential prerequisites were met.

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MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz, Parliamentary Secretary Wajiha Akram, officials from the planning ministry, the education ministry, and the Federal Directorate of Education were also present at the meeting. According to a press release, the minister also appointed a committee led by MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz to review the 167 school lists and make any changes within two weeks.

According to the minister, schools that will be upgraded/facelifted should be included in the project only on the basis of need. The minister also ordered that educational institutions submit PC-4s within two months.

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PC-4 deals with the employment of workers and the approval of a budget, and several institutions in Islamabad have been operating without staff and a budget for years. They are utilising the services of other institutions’ borrowed personnel.

According to FDE officials, the project will be completed in phases, and the government has already set aside Rs409 million for it in the current fiscal year.

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