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Friday, June 01, 2012
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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the first information technology university in the country was being set up in the provincial metropolis and special funds would be allocated for the purpose in the next financial year.


He was addressing a function after opening of the project of Punjab Technology University (PTU) at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park here. Provincial education minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Higher Education Commission chairman Dr. Javed Leghari, Punjab Information Technology Board chairman Dr. Umar Saif, Higher Education secretary Ijaz Rahim, intellectuals, columnists and experts in IT education were also present.


He said that the provincial government would provide free of cost land for Punjab Technology University (PTU) which would be managed by an autonomous board so that it should have the highest standard of computer education. The first campus of the PTU had been set up on the sixth floor of Arfa Karim Software Technology Park where classes would start from September this year. More than one thousand boy and girl students would be equipped with modern education in computer science in this campus while six thousand students would study at the permanent campus of PTU at Dera Rakh Chahal on the Ring Road, he said. He said that the permanent campus of Punjab Technology University would be established with the collaboration of Middle East Technical University of Turkey. He said he was ready to set up campuses of Punjab Technology University in other provinces as well.