Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak on Monday handed over keys of 50 vehicles to the administration of various boys and girls colleges of the province and granted cheques of scholarships worth Rs. 100 million to 315 scholars of MPhil and PhD under the Faculty Development Programme in a ceremony held in Peshawar. Chief Minister’s Special Assistant for Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Secretary Higher Education, Dr. Attaur Rahman and a large number of other officers were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also announced grant of 100 more vehicles to various colleges of the province in the current financial year. Moreover, he said that 1300 posts lying vacant in the Education Department would be filled with immediate effect.
Addressing the ceremony, the Chief Minister said that his government was trying to devise a comprehensive system which would address all dimensions of our educational institutions adding that teachers would not get transferred and their promotions would also take place in keeping with the collective performance of schools and colleges.
He said that carrot and strict policy would be enforced according to which hard work and good performance would get rewarded whereas lethargy would get punished.
The Chief Minister said that every district of the province would have a university so that the people of far flung areas could also have access to higher education. The Chief Minister on this occasion ordered the higher education authorities to immediately fill the 1300 posts lying vacant in the department with immediate effect.
Describing the education sector as top most priority of his government Pervez Khattak said that youths were our national asset and their bright future could only be ensured with quality education instead of establishing multi storied buildings or roads.
He said that his government was taking radical steps to end the obsolete class based education system. He said that without education we could hardly make any meaningful progress.
Chief Minister said the PTI government has come into power with the agenda of change which would be translated into reality by dint of sincere efforts.
He said his government has brought meaningful changes in education and health sectors. Police and Patwar system have been reformed. Commission and corruption culture has been changed. Police can no longer force anyone to extract illegal gratification from anyone.
Chief Minister on this occasion expressed regrets saying that in the past, the rulers have used the government servants for their personal benefits which badly affected the institutions. His government, he said has ended all such practices and now the government institutions were busy in service of the common man instead of pleasing the rulers.
He said that there was no dearth of competent and honest people in the country. It was however due to the rampant corruption that has blocked the competent people from coming to the front.
Chief Minister said that his government has brought tremendous improvement in the schools which was very visible and could be seen if anyone wanted to see it.
Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and Secretary Higher Education also addressed the ceremony on this occasion.