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January 22, 2011
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Wana cadet college to start functioning in April

National

January 22, 2011

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PESHAWAR: In pursuance of the prime minister’s directives to set up a cadet college in each tribal agency, the first such college will start functioning in Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, from April 1 this year.
The temporary campus of the college would be set up at the non-functional Girls Degree College, Wana till the construction of its own building, Secretary Administration and Coordination, Fata Secretariat Muhammad Abid Majeed, who is supervising the establishment of the cadet colleges in the tribal agencies, told The News.
The college building would be completed within a year for which land has been identified and acquired, he said. “The establishment of temporary campus of the college in the girls’ degree college building for one year would also help furnish and renovate the hitherto neglected college for educating tribal women,” he added.
Abid Majeed said interview for selection of the college principal had already been conducted and the appointment would soon be made. The positions of teaching and non-teaching staff have also been advertised and their interviews will start from February 15.
On completion of admissions, classes would commence in the college from April 1. Regarding peace in Wana, he said only Mahsud tribe-dominated area in South Waziristan was turbulent while rest of South Waziristan was peaceful and there would not be any problem in successfully starting the college project.
Reminded that former governor Lt Gen (R) Iftikhar Hussain Shah had announced establishment of a cadet college for Mohmand Agency several years ago that did not materialise, Abid Majeed said the Directorate of Education was planning to identify and acquire land for the project. He said work on the cadet college in Mohmand Agency would begin as soon as land was identified.
The official said that 100 acres of land near populated area was required for each cadet college. “Previously free of cost land had to be acquired for similar

projects due to which a lot of problems were faced. Such land used to be in remote and inaccessible areas lacking basic facilities,” Abid Majeed explained. “Now we are in search of better and nearer sites where water and sanitation and other facilities could be arranged easily,” he said.
Due to the troubled situation in North Waziristan and frequent rocket attacks, the cadet college in Razmak was shifted to Peshawar last year. The students of the college are still studying in Peshawar. Sources, however, told The News that negotiations were in progress and it would soon be shifted back to Razmak.

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