Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday welcomed the keen interest and investment of $500 million by the Aga Khan University management in the Education City project to be established in Karachi in due course of time.
He said the project would prove to be one of the best educational facilities in the country and would attract educational organisations of international standard to invest and benefit the students and educational fraternity in Pakistan.
The chief minister was talking to President Aga Khan University Firoz Rasul, who called on him along with his delegation at the CM House to discuss the modalities of the project.
He said efforts were being made to complete the project within the tenure of this PPP-led government in Sindh. He asked the university management to start working on their part and take the lead in the implementation of the project. He said once the Aga Khan University started work, the other stakeholders would follow suit.
Lauding the services being rendered by the Aga Khan Foundation in the fields of health and education in Sindh, the chief minister pledged full government support for the execution of the project. He further said that the government was taking keen interest in providing quality education and in this regard the Education City project was conceived and would be implemented in due course of time.
He said land had been allotted for the project and its master plan had also been completed, which would be notified very soon. “This project will not only cater to the needs of local students for qualitative education but will also attract the students from other countries and will ultimately convert the city into international hub of education facility.”
The project is expected to generate income and employment opportunities for the people of Sindh.
President Aga Khan University Firoz Rasul told the CM that the master plan on the part of their organisation had been completed and they had planned to invest $500 million in the Education City project and $150 million in its Stadium Road campus.
He said that his management had also agreed to help the communities neighbouring Education City in providing quality education, adding that the Aga Khan University management was ready to promote social structure in Sindh for the betterment of the people of the province.