After last year approval of setting up a university at the Prime Minister (PM) House, Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Friday has finally okayed the project — Pak University of Engineering & Emerging Technologies (PUEET) — a research university in Islamabad, at the cost of Rs 23.54 billion.
The university will house various centres of excellence in the cutting-edge fields of science and technology and state-of-the-art technology park. The project will result in better quality of education, build industry-academia collaboration and train graduates in new technologies.
The project was approved in principle by Ecnec in May this year having a cost of Rs 35 billion with a directive that the Ministry of Planning and Development should rationalise its cost and come back for formal approval within three months. After completion of the deadline, the planning division reported a cost cutting of a few millions which was approved by Ecnec.
According to sources, after a delay of around three years, the PC-I of the project was submitted and a project director was looking into the mega project.
Pakistan set to launch three AI and technology-based universities
Besides a new university at PM House, the PTI-led government is all set to commission three artificial intelligence and modern technology-based universities in the country in near future.
Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology, has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government is utilising all its resources for the promotion of artificial intelligence AI and modern technology-based three universities will be commissioned in the country in near future.
He was speaking to the participants of National Artificial Intelligence Forum (NAIF), 2021, held at the Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST), Haripur.
The Sino-Pak Centre for Artificial Intelligence (SPCAI) and the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) jointly organised the forum.