This was our report at the scene.
Plan to set up foreign varsities shelved
This plan had started from a view to provide quality education in pakistan as our door step as Pakistani parents spend about Rs 80 billion annually to send their children abroad to obtain quality higher education. Thus over 11,000 visas were granted last year by the British High Commission for students to study in British Universities. This program would not only have saved much of this huge drain on our foreign exchange but also attracted many students to Pakistan from the Middle East, as they would have been able to get degrees from top foreign universities without ever going abroad.
It is a great pity that this program of huge national significance has been abandoned as The establishment of Engineering, Science & Technology Universities in Pakistan (UESTP’s) brought enormous criticism to the former chairman of Higher Education Commission, Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman for envisaging this programme without understanding the various aspects of the programme.
Projects of the establishment of 4 world-class universities in partnership with consortia of top universities in Germany, Italy, Austria and China were approved by ECNEC in February 2008 at a cost of about Rs. 160 billion includes Pak-China, Pak-German, Pak-Austria and Pak-Italian Universities in accordance with the phasing approved by ECNEC