BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Punjab government has agreed to provide a piece of land to Gilgit-Baltistan [G-B] government in Rawalpindi – Islamabad for construction of a 500-room hotel for girls studying in twin cities.
The agreement, reached between G-B governor Mir Ghazafar Ali Khan and Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore, is seen as a major achievement towards women education for a government that has yet to complete its first year in government.
“Besides Girls hostel, a cultural center will also be constructed on 20-kanal land being provided by CM Punjab,” a statement issued from governor office stated on Thursday.
Though there is no consolidated figure available with G-B government, it is believed that more than 10.000 girl students have been staying in cities across the country for higher education.
According to an official, Shehbaz Sharif promised land for girl hostel after Mir Ghazanfar shared with him the problems faced by girls while studying outside G-B. “CM Punjab realized the hardships of students and promised land for the accommodation facility,” the official said, adding G-B governor also emphasized on need for an auditorium to help project G-B culture in a more effective way.
Shehbaz Shairf also vowed to expand quota for G-B students in medical, engineering and art collages across Punjab besides providing scholarships to the bright students.
On the request from G-B governor, Shehbaz Sharif also assured him more seats in teaching hospitals for G-B doctors.
“The CM Punjab also agreed to hold capacity building programs for G-B officials in Lahore and elsewhere in Punjab,” said the official, adding this will increase the quality of work and efficiency among the local officials.
“If this happens, I’ll be the luckiest person on earth,” said Rahim Khan, a resident of Gilgit whose has sent his daughter to Islamabad for education. “What is the biggest hindrance is lack of accommodation place in the cities.”