Board to Oversee Education City project Reconstituted

Karachi :January 24:The Sindh government has notified reconstitution of the Education City Board in accordance with the Sindh Education City Law-2013 passed by the Sindh Assembly last year, as the board would be overseeing development of the Education City project in different cities of the province, particularly in Karachi.
According to a notification issued by the chief secretary on Thursday, the chief minister has been made the chairman of the reconstituted Education City Board, while the chairman Sindh Board of Investment has been made its vice-chairman. Other members of the board include: Two members of Sindh Assembly of the area concerned to be nominated by the speaker; secretary Sindh Finance Department; secretary Higher Education and Research Department; secretary Sindh Health Department; secretary Department of Local Government and Rural Development; secretary Land Utilization Department ; director-general Sindh Board of Investment; vice-chancellor or, as the case may be, a dean to be nominated by the Education City Board; and Amin A Hashwani, Chairman Hashwani Group of Companies, a nominee of Higher Education Commission or its successor organisation.

Besides, five persons are also being made members of the Education City Board from private sector organisations having stakes in the Education City project to be developed near Karachi, on the nomination of chairman Education City Board (Sindh CM). These nominated members are: Asif Fancy of Aga Khan University (Karachi); Dr Asim Hussain of Ziauddin University; Tariq Amin of Barrett Hodgson Pakistan; Suleman Shaikh of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology; and Arif Habib, trustee of COMMECS Educational Trust, Karachi.

It is worth mentioning here that the Sindh Assembly had unanimously passed Sindh Education City Law in February last year with the aim to establish education cities in major districts or divisional headquarters of the province under the public-private partnership.

The Sindh government had earlier notified an area of 9,000 acres for establishing Education City project in Karachi on the link road between National Highway and Super Highway. Core elements of the Education City project are to establish “local” educational and health institutions to provide solutions to Pakistan’s challenge of higher education and health sector, which will bring multi-billion dollar investment in the higher education sector of the economy.
The project will be managed by an independent authority which will oversee the overall management and development of Education City. In this regard, the process of release of funds and appointment of consultant for establishing the company for the project has already been taken up expeditiously with the concerned quarters. Besides, the steps to first secure the land, reserved for the purpose, by conducting topographic survey and by erecting boundary wall and constructing elevated towers were also underway and the Sindh Finance Department has been requested by the concerned authorities to release the needed funds.The news.