A University will be established in Khushab for students of the district and adjoining areas. It was decided during a consultative meeting held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, was attended by Malik Shakir Bashir Awan and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Members of National Assembly from Khushab, Malik Muhammad Asif Bha Awan, Minister for Archeology, Punjab and MPA from Khushab, Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, Vice Chancellor, Arid Agriculture University, Dr. Manzoom Akhtar, Registrar, University of Education, Mr. Muhammad Kaleem, Assistant Commissioner, Naushera, District Khushab, Dr. Mazhar Saeed, Director General (P&D) HEC, and Mr. Tariq Iqbal, Director (P&D), HEC.
The University of Khushab will be established by merging the existing sub-campuses of University of Education and Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi while an additional land of 30 acres at Jauharabad Khushab and 359 kanals and four marlas at Gharimukin Stadium, Mandi Town and Quaidabad will be transferred in the name of the proposed university.
It was also agreed that Parliamentarians will pursue the Charter of University with provincial government for its enactment from the Provincial Legislature to facilitate launching of next admissions by February 2018.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that immediate needs of the proposed university will be borne by HEC while its development projects will be considered under Public Sector Development Projects.