The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has reportedly shot down the idea of Islamabad National University (INU) in the Prime Minister House citing security reasons.
The CDA has raised an objection on the plan saying that the PM House is situated within the federal capital’s high-security Red Zone.
Following the development, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has reportedly postponed the plan to convert PM House building into a university.
HEC is reportedly considering another educational institution – situated half-a-kilometer behind the PM House building – for this plan.
The proposed institution is supposed to be a degree awarding institute and will only host three to four research centers.
HEC Spokesperson Ayesha Ikram has also confirmed that the commission has acknowledged CDA’s objection in this regard and that HEC is awaiting a reply from the civic agency regarding the new proposal.
Ayesha Ikram maintained that the education commission has already submitted a PC-1 for the project, and is now waiting for approval for the charter for the proposed university.
HEC spokesperson further added that the university plan in the PM House was also a bad idea because it would require amendments in the master plan of Islamabad.
It should be noted that in December 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced to establish a university in the PM House building and had named it Islamabad National University.
It is yet to be seen that whether PM Khan will go the distance to fulfill his promise or the CDA’s objection – followed by the opposition’s disapproval – stands tall against his will.