Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the first academic block of Namal Knowledge City in his hometown Mianwali, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday.
The formation of this multi-million dollar Oxford-style project has always been one of Khan’s dreams even before he became the PM of Pakistan.
Dated 11 years back, Khan had founded Namal College which was affiliated with the University of Bradford.
Now, the premier aims to build a hub of knowledge exchange and research in Mianwali with Namal Knowledge City.
Mr. Muhammd Shahid receiving certificate of appreciation from Mr. Imran Khan, Chairman, Board of Governors, NEF and Prime Minister of Pakistan. The certificate was awarded in recognition of His efforts in inviting more than a 100 Founding Members. #friendofnamal pic.twitter.com/FFkWlLT5Ez
— Namal Knowledge City (@Namaledu) January 29, 2019
Being an Oxford graduate himself, Imran Khan has always emphasized on providing quality education, especially to those who can’t afford it.
He aims to provide educational facilities of international standards to talented youth of rural areas.
Namal Knowledge City will accommodate academic books, knowledge center, sports complex, hospital, parks, technology, business centers, shopping malls, dairy farm, resorts, software houses, hostels, primary school, and teachers’ colony.
The first phase of the knowledge city is estimated to cost $200 million.
Prime Minister Imran Khan says modern technology, especially in agriculture will be introduced in the country for sustainable development. pic.twitter.com/3keTdsDAYA
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) January 27, 2019
A technical college will be established in the first phase, teaching mechanical, electrical and computer sciences. The foundation stone of a business college was laid two years ago and the formation of the Agri-Business college is also in works.
Accountability and meritocracy are the hallmarks of democracy & no country in the world has made progress without it. The government is answerable to the people of the country and everyone in the government is accountable for spending public money
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) January 27, 2019
Moreover, 400 kanal of land has been acquired for Namal Medical College and Namal Teaching hospital.
With construction spread over 4 million square feet, Namal Knowledge City will accommodate 11,000 individuals, including 7,000 students, and 600 faculty members.
Built on the concept of zero carbon footprint, the establishment of the Namal Knowledge City is expected to complete by 2027.
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