China generously supporting Pakistani education sector: Planning Minister

China Economic Net

Narowal: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that China was generously supporting Pakistan in the education sector.

Addressing the Paigham-e-Pakistan (message of Pakistan) conference here, he maintained that the the government had increased the higher education budget by 68% under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

“We have raised the budget from (Pakistani l) Rs 23 billion and set the target for Rs44 billion,” he added.

His remarks came a day after the government presented the federal budget worth Rs 9.5 trillion.

Iqbal said China had played a big role to promote every sector in Pakistan including the education sector.

The planning minister informed that the government had a vision to establish at least one university in every district of the country.

“It is our duty to give opportunities to youth for the higher education and skills so that they can contribute back to the economy,” Iqbal remarked.

He announced a project to establishing 250 vocational institutes across the country to provide a better employment opportunity.

“We will be bringing the laptop scheme once again,” Iqbal said, adding that the government has “not enough finances” to giveaway laptops to everyone.

The merit-based procedure will be followed, he added.